Creating A Masterpiece

by Kelly Sajonia on · 11 comments

"Life is art, and you are the artist." ~ Unknown

There are times when we have an opportunity to look at life as a blank canvas; it's a chance to start anew. At the end of each relationship, for example, we are able to place a bright, white canvas in front of us. We have the ability to move forward, painting the picture we want for our future.

But how do we achieve this?

How do we create something better than the one before?

Here are a few ways:

1) Examine our past. What did we create last time? Would we want to replicate some aspects of it? What could have been better? What did we like the least?

2) Make choices for our future. From taking time to examine our past, what decisions have we made for our future? What do we want it to look like this time?

3) Write a list. Once you know what you want, write it down as a reminder. This will keep you from shifting too much from what you have sketched out for your future.

4) Don't settle. As the canvas has brush strokes added, don't forget the plan you sketched out for the future. It isn't to say you can't deviate, but don't compromise so much that you lose happiness and fulfillment in the process.

5) Enjoy. Sometimes we focus so hard on our past and future, that we forget to enjoy the present. Fully embrace each new brush stroke, and every detail of the work of art you are creating with another.

6) Don't be afraid of a blank canvas. It's okay to recognize a relationship needs to end; it's not a sign of failure. Learn from the experience, and create something even more beautiful the next time.

Things happen in life that are beyond our control, but it is our decision how we choose to grow as an artist from each experience.

Life is what we make of it.

Make yours a masterpiece.


by Kelly Sajonia

Kelly Sajonia is a writer for many sites, but spends most of her time writing for her award-winning blog Naked Girl in a Dress. Her inspirational blog celebrates rediscovering life and love at any age. Kelly also has a full service social media marketing business, runs a social media site for writers, teaches blogging, and occasionally takes a professional photography gig.
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kathryn October 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

i love your analogy! in two years as my last daughter goes off to college i will be faced with a blank canvas…i know i will be very, very sad but also very excited as i have lots of ideas in the fire. your pointers are a great reminder for me, especially number 1!

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Elisa October 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’m so glad! We are so blessed by our children…but think about what beautifulness you send out into the world when you send them out! Blessings!!!

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Kelly Sajonia October 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thank you for the kind words. I am glad the message resonated for you. I hope it helps as you move towards a new stage of life.

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David Stevens October 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Hi Kelly,
If you must paint a picture (which I recommend), then paint it in Big brush strokes…always have a Big picture for your Life.
Thankyou.
be good to yourself
David

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Kelly Sajonia October 30, 2012 at 10:48 am

Thank you for your comment, David. It’s great advice. Big brush strokes is a great idea.

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William Veasley October 28, 2012 at 6:21 am

Kelly: Nice to meet you and I am happy that I got a chance to read your post! I like what you mentioned and I’m trying to create my masterpiece. ( :
I examine myself at times to remind myself of what I do not want to be and I make a lot of choices for the future. When I think about my future, I don’t only think fifty or sixty years ahead, but even life after death. I think about the future of eternity, where and what I will be doing, but even with those thoughts, I still try and vast in the present. To vast in the present I have learned to celebrate my accomplishments no matter the size.

Best Wishes,
William Veasley

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Kelly Sajonia October 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

You raise excellent points, William. Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you will come back to visit again soon.

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Crystal @ Get A Copywriter October 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Great message! I try to concentrate on not making the same mistakes twice and enjoying the life I have right now. It makes every day nicer.

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Kelly Sajonia October 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

It does make each day nicer. It also leads to us being better people when we are mindful of our mistakes, and try to learn from them.

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Kimberly November 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

Oh, after my date yesterday I definitely needed to hear this message…especially “don’t settle” — while he was a perfectly nice guy, albeit just a tad on the self-centered side, I just couldn’t see myself wanting to spend another minute with him. And on the way home, I berated myself for not wanting to date him again. After all, he’s a perfectly nice guy.

And he may be…but I don’t need to be with someone enough that I’m willing to say, “He’s nice enough; he’ll do.”
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