Is There A Michelangelo In You - Waiting To Soar

We all glory in the magnificent paintings of Michelangelo, 
but did you know that he was NOT a painter? 

He was a sculptor! 

                 Why did a sculptor agree to take on one of the most 
                             important painting jobs in the world?
                    Obviously, he had a few characteristics that we as 
                                          creatives need in order to succeed.                                                                                                            
                                                   History tell us that he was:

1. Flexible and willing to challenge himself: 
Michelangelo was a sculptor who preferred working with marble to anything else.
2. Willing to work outside of his area of expertise:  
The only painting he had done was as a student in a brief workshop.  

3. Willing to persevere under pressure: 
While painting the ceiling he faced many setbacks; such as mold and miserable, 
damp weather that would not allow plaster curing.
4. Willing to work in awkward positions and circumstances:  
Michelangelo often had to bend backwards and paint over his head. 
This awkward position obviously made his neck and back ache and,
according to him, it permanently damaged his vision.
I see strong character traits in Michelangleo. 

I'm wondering if you posses any of these:

  ~ Flexibility

~ A willingness to try new things that are outside of your area of expertise

~ A willingness to work outside of your comfort zone

~ A willingness to accept your 'Sistine Chapel' opportunities

Let me encourage you to reach higher, dream bigger and let the Creator flow through you in ways you've never even considered. He will do exceedingly 
above all you could dream or imagine.

Please leave your comment below. Make a declaration 
of your willingness to believe for more.


  1. Q&a I like this. I've done a lot of this in my career as in aircraft mechanic I never realized how that could be transferred to other areas of my life. my dad taught me that if I enjoyed something I should do it even if I never got very good at it. thanks for your blog. it's very encouraging even if somewhat frightening you speak of the unknown and I think that is why some people never expand they're horizons

  2. This is wonderful. Some things to consider. Thank you!

  3. I quite agree Deby-
    We have got to be flexible and remain open to new possiblities.

  4. @Dori Badger
    Dori, thanks for your comment. It's awesome that you had a dad to encourage you to pursue what you enjoyed. It's really awesome to learn how to turn that passion into profit.That's my heart . . . to encourage creatives to turn their inspiration into income.

  5. @JuredaThank you, Jureda. Allow yourself to stretch and become even more than you've imagined.

  6. @Addie May Hirschten Artist and Storyteller
    Hey Addie, how great to meet again - on my blog! Stay flexible and new doors will open. It transforms our daily grind into an amazing adventure.

  7. Hi Deby, I'm glad you sent out a message pointing me to this. Very inspirational piece, as usual. :) I plan on being around more often in AA (Artists Arise, not Alcoholics Anon) soon. Check out my freshly launched blog when you get the chance.

    Take care, my friend.



  8. At times, I feel like my life is revealed mostly through things that aren't the main thing. I've worked in customer service, and learned to listen with empathy. I worked as a software tester and enjoyed it, and learned to ask difficult and challenging questions. Now as an artist - and whatever else the Lord reveals - I am learning to speak with my voice, which is not comfortable, but the stretch of my personality is beneficial. Whether my "Sistine Chapel" is an actual work of art or not, I know I've been blessed to pour into the lives of others and watch them grow. Thanks for the pointers, Deb!

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