“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” - Michelangelo
You know that question people like to ask about who you’d invite for dinner, dead or alive, if you had the chance? Mine is an easy answer. Michelangelo. Maybe Leonardo da Vinci if we’re making it a party.
Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, philosopher, and poet amongst many other things. A true artist. Out of all of his contributions though, he always held his sculpting to the highest degree. So high, that he signed the receipt acknowledging payment for the Sistine Chapel paintings as “Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor.” Total badass.
Why did he consider himself first and foremost a sculptor? Because Michelangelo was a visionary. He could see the hidden beauty buried layers deep when others only saw stone. More importantly, he understood that a sculptor’s purpose was to chip away at the unnecessary and the external to reveal that truth.
We are all our own sculptors.
Our beauty and our truth are already inside, layers deep. It’s our assignment to see it, carve away diligently and purposefully to remove all of those heavy burdens we’ve been so dutifully carrying, and allow our true essence to emerge.
I think Michelangelo summed it up better than any words I can attempt to construct so I’ll leave you with this; “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Hence, why I’d let him do the talking at the dinner table.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.