I snapped this picture this morning of a stick that I keep on my desk. When I show this to people they are sometimes amazed that a stick could be carved to look like a chain or a cage with two freely moving balls inside. They sometimes ask, “how did you do that?” My favorite answer, “I just cut off everything that doesn’t look like that.” What a great analogy for life. Get a clear picture in your mind of what you want your life to look like, and then set about cutting off everything that doesn’t look like that.
Knock the “T”
Off the word can’t.
– Norman Vincent Peale
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In life, sometimes we visualize what we think we want, and then carve off all the things we don’t like!
Only to see the final product and realize we cut off the most important parts of life!
Sometimes it is better to take the time to really know what you want before you start carving away!
I have heard of others describing how the end product of a wood carving was what the wood ultimately was to be and this is a nice reminder of how we are work in progress, removing what we are not so that we can be the beauty of what we are.
I shared that analogy with my sister not too long ago. I said it wasn’t that we are searching for what we are, rather removing what we are not. Cool.