The unapologetic, raw, unedited interpretation of living life. Each of us is the artist of our own life, constantly remolding, reworking, and roughing out the details and applying what we've learned to the changing canvas. There are no do-overs, no take backs...just rough cuts that release what lies inside us.

I saw the angel in stone and I carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pursue What Matters Most

A quick look at your Facebook News Feed or Twitter stream will tell you a lot about what matters in the moment.  Just as quickly, those 52 comments or 87 likes will be but a blip on a timeline.  Our emotions are triggered for but a moment and then all is forgotten and we move on to the next "top story".  

What outlives those fleeting moments?  What stays behind and how do you and I live beyond our lifetime and make mark in the world?

Much of what we do on a daily basis seems to be a simple process of going through the motions, yet this denies the value of the human spirit and the purpose for which we were created.  To deny we have innate needs to be more than what we are is a reflection of a suppressed spirit, one perhaps scarred by past mistakes or broken trust or misguided focus.

Isn't it interesting two people can work the same task but have completely opposing motivations for doing it?  I am brought back to the story of two brick layers.  One man was asked what he was doing and he replied, "I am laying bricks." The other brick layer replied, "I'm building a Cathedral."  Our perspective changes everything...

The great heroes of yesterday left behind a legacy:  we still study them in history books, watch videos of their greatest speeches, recite their speeches, and model ourselves in efforts to be who they were to others.  The great heroes of today are still finding their dream, still asking the tough questions, and still carving out their masterpieces.  The great heroes of tomorrow have yet to be born, but what do all of them have in common?

They pursue what matters.  Those individuals have purpose.  Their hearts overflow with passion.  They love better so others can live better. 

Heroes leave behind no question unanswered because they possess integrity, they live generously - they leave nothing behind but the legacy of a dream realized and a life well lived.  You don't know who will live better because of it or what generation will find hope as a result of the life you lived.   

Live Better and pursue what matters so tomorrow can be filled with the impact of your dream.

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