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The Man In The Marble

Several years ago, I was overwhelmed with a chaotic life.  So chaotic in fact, that I remember the day I grabbed, what I thought was my hairspray, and sprayed my entire head with a can of Lysol!  After I choked back the fumes, I confronted the woman in the mirror and said, "Girlfriend, it's was time for you to make a change."
 
In the midst of tragedy, I found myself with a desire to live a simple and more meaningful life. And I remember reading somewhere that the famous painter and sculptor Michelangelo found an abandoned, damaged piece of marble.  He took the marble and with his chisel began to carve the gigantic David.  Michelangelo the creator, took up his tools and knowing David was somewhere in the enormous chunk of marble, simply chipped away everything which was not David, setting the man inside the marble free.  

I prayed, “Lord, I too want to be set free.”
 
                                                          What I Have Learned

FORGIVE YOURSELF. Like that chunk of marble, life can leave us abandoned and damaged.  The business failed, the marriage ended, the job was lost, the kids moved out, the deal fell through.  No doubt, you are lonely, worn-out and tired.  But if you want to move forward in life and in love, you must forgive yourself.  Understand that you did the best you could with the life skills you had at the time.  Let it go and leave the past where it belongs.  Behind you.    
 
BE YOURSELF.  Michelangelo didn’t copy but rather created an authentic David.  He didn’t try to  adorn David with additional materials or empower him to be anything more than a man that emerged from a damaged, abandoned chunk of marble.  God created a masterpiece when He created you.  Be that masterpiece. 
 
FREE YOURSELF.  The marble that surrounds you is the wall that you have built around your heart to protect you from being wounded again.  Let God dismantle that wall and teach you how to love and to be loved again. Do you want a meaningful life? Do you desire a beautiful relationship, a successful career, and a happy home?  Today, ask God to get out His bag of tools and allow Him to chip away at everything in your life that is not you or for you.  Let Him set you free.
 
 
Life is short.  Enjoy life, live passionately, love deeply.

M.

Opportunity Or Distraction?

A while back, I was offered an upper management position with a world renown corporation.  This promotion would not only secure my financial well-being but it would validate my sales and leadership abilities as only a handful of women had been selected for this position.  Yet, as I began to pack up my desk something inside me was unsettled.  

As  reality set in,  I began to ask myself a deeper question.  Simply put.  Was this an opportunity or was this a distraction?  

 

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Your Standing Ovation Is Waiting For You

Albert Hurwit was 72 years old when he received a standing ovation when the Hartford Symphony Orchestra performed the third movement of his 58 minute Symphonies No. 1.  In itself, that is an incredible accomplishment.  But did you know that Albert Hurwit didn't write notes very well nor did he ever learn to read music.   As a matter of fact, he only took piano lessons for three years when he was eight and flunked the music reading test at Harvard.  So, rather than pursue music, Albert spent the next 25 years as a radiologist.  But he says, "All the time I had music inside my head, I felt it in my heart and soul and knew I had to get it out.

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Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

I admit it! I am deathly afraid of heights.  However, I was told the Gondola ride at Lake Tahoe wasn't that bad.  As a motivational speaker I could not encourage others to overcome their fears if I was not willing.  So I climbed into the lift and proceeded up the mountain.  

    Immediately, I regretted my decision.

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Mom, I Climbed The Wrong Mountain

Nearly three years ago, my daughter Avry was experiencing a very dark moment in her life. In the light of grief, she discovered herself looking at her life from a different perspective.  One afternoon, I received the following email:

      "Mom, I've spent my entire life 'climbing this mountain'.  Today, I realized I climbed the  wrong mountain and I don't know what to do."

      I replied:

 

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