Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 63 comments

Lasting Indecision
Creative Commons License photo credit: Brian Hathcock

“What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a Masterpiece unfolding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath.” ~ Thomas Crum

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy. Β  Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Rupal May 31, 2009 at 5:03 am

I Love this quote Lance, art is a great parallel to one’s life, as it is subjective and becomes what you make of it!


Evelyn Lim May 31, 2009 at 5:27 am

It is wonderful to visualize ourselves as beautiful divine souls unfolding in each moment of life. Love the quote! Thanks for sharing!


Miz May 31, 2009 at 5:27 am

thanks, as always, for starting my sunday off right & getting my mind going….


Jarrod - Warrior Development May 31, 2009 at 5:48 am

On a little bit of a tangent from the quote, I think of everything in life as in progress.

Sure if you buy a house you can consider that complete but the real goal is not to buy a house but rather to reach something that the house provides a tool to make progress with.

A work in progress.. πŸ™‚


Natalia Burleson May 31, 2009 at 6:07 am

Hmm interesting thought Lance! If I thought of myself as a work in progress, a blank canvas, well, it would feel like I could be, almost, anything! It would also feel like there could be some do overs. If the painting isn’t right, just paint the canvas white and start again! πŸ™‚


miruspeg May 31, 2009 at 6:33 am

Lance I feel as if I am living this way now.
Philosophy is helping me unfold my masterpiece.
When I pause and take a new breath I see life around me and it connects me to the light and spirit of life within.
Beautiful quote Lance.


Stacey Shipman May 31, 2009 at 6:47 am

I feel like I’m totally in the creation mode. I never know what color will appear on the canvas next! “as a work of art in progress” I think it’s so important to recognize that every day of our lives is progress, perhaps “completion” doesn’t really exist? We are always creating and pursuing. Hmm..gets me thinking early for a Sunday!


Mama Zen May 31, 2009 at 6:58 am

I love this!


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord May 31, 2009 at 7:37 am

I echo Mama Zen’s comment! Happy Sunday!

Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s last blog post..Whatever Tomorrow Brings (Quote from "Drive")


Jannie Funster May 31, 2009 at 8:04 am

But I AM a masterpiece unfolding, dahlink! Next qwestion?


btw, I just now realized I show up as The Commenter Formerly Known As… on my laptop but as my regular Jannie self on this computer. How naughty of me to be competing with myself for your Top Talker position. I must be Top Talker. I MUST!

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Jannie CD Give-Away (whoo-hoo!)


Jannie Funster May 31, 2009 at 8:06 am

Good morning. Jannie here. Beautiful day.

Just pasing through your lovely blog.

Am I Top Talker yet?

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Jannie CD Give-Away (whoo-hoo!)


Jannie Funster May 31, 2009 at 8:11 am

Oh, forgot to mention the “funterview” was the best thing that’s happened to me since I got my new spatula.

Now? Am I Top Talker NOW?

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Jannie CD Give-Away (whoo-hoo!)


Jannie Funster May 31, 2009 at 8:12 am


Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Jannie CD Give-Away (whoo-hoo!)


Jannie Funster May 31, 2009 at 8:13 am


Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Jannie CD Give-Away (whoo-hoo!)


Stacey / Create a Balance May 31, 2009 at 8:27 am

Hey Jannie – You are pushing me down to the bottom of the list. πŸ™‚

Lance – This is a beautiful quote. Although I never articulated my life like this, I think it is true. Great things are coming…I just need the time to let my masterpiece unfold.

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Authentic Happiness Series – Part Five (Design Your Life)


Stephen - Rat Race Trap May 31, 2009 at 8:58 am

Lance, this is FANTASTIC! “…every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath.” Thank you for sharing this.

Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s last blog post..Energize Your Success – Exercise


Jeanne May 31, 2009 at 9:36 am

I love your quotes photographs and all that you share

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Tess The Bold Life May 31, 2009 at 10:29 am

I live this quote. I don’t have to imagine it. Therefore I take 100% responsibility for my life, my masterpiece? Breathtaking!

Tess The Bold Life´s last blog post..How to Become A Bold β€œBozo” On The Bus


Caroline May 31, 2009 at 11:29 am

This is how I am living my life now…a work in progress. Sometimes I feel the need to gesso over my canvas and start over… How wonderful to ponder this today! Thank you Lance!

Caroline´s last blog post..Soulful Sunday…what does life mean to you?


Diane C. May 31, 2009 at 11:31 am

Interesting quote. I could say I am a clay sculpture that is never fired so that I stay malleable and can easily change form or adapt to changes. No need to achieve masterpiece status or become anything in particular. Every moment is a already miracle.

Diane C.´s last blog post..Desert Spiny Lizards


Laurie May 31, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Wow then we’d all have to be responsible for our own art work and couldn’t let life just happen to us but make it happen ourselves. If we didn’t like the color on the canvas, we couldn’t play the victim but would have to take out our own brush and paint it the color we want.


Davina May 31, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Hi Lance. We can only breathe now, now, now, now… one step (or breath) at a time πŸ™‚ Love this message today Lance. Very powerful and so true. Happy Sunday.

Davina´s last blog post..Positively Breathing β€” The Significant Victim


Henie May 31, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Thank you, Lance! Truly, if we all could photograph our souls, we would see the vibrant colors of the tapestry within! :~) Life itself is an art form constantly evolving!


Barbara Swafford May 31, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Hi Lance,

Again, you’ve matched a gorgeous photo with a thought provoking quote. The words remind me of how it’s so important to live in the moment and let the future unfold as it may.

Barbara Swafford´s last blog post..Enhance Your Brand Name Recognition by Nurturing Others


Hilda May 31, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Hi Lance,

I already view myself as a work in progress. But as a masterpiece unfolding? ? I like this soooo much better! Great quote – thanks πŸ™‚

Hilda´s last blog post..The A-Z of Happiness: B is for…


Positively Present May 31, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Wonderful quote! I really enjoyed reading and thinking about this one. I’ve never thought about life (or myself) in that way before and I really like the idea of it. Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s just what I needed today!

Positively Present´s last blog post..who’s afraid of the big, bad past?


Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings May 31, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I love this analogy. If my life was represented in a piece of artwork, it would probably be a Salvador Dali painting such is the level of craziness!

Life really is a masterpiece complete with all its ups and downs.

Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s last blog post..Friday Question – True Generosity


Srinivas Rao May 31, 2009 at 3:52 pm

This is a great way to look at yourself. Makes us live in the moment more

Srinivas Rao´s last blog post..5 Personal Development Lessons from Van Wilder


Lance May 31, 2009 at 8:51 pm

@Rupal – Hi Rupal. Wow! You’ve summarized this so well for me – especially that our life is what we make it – and every day – wherever we are with the “masterpiece” – can lead toward even more amazing things…

@Evelyn – We can visualize this – because we ARE! Each of us is, even if we don’t always realize it – and that’s pretty awesome!

@Miz – It’s always great to have you here Carla!

@Jarrod – Life IS a work in progress! – yes it is!! And I think that does fit this quote well – that we are a masterpiece that isn’t quite finished. We add a little bit every day.

@Natalia – Hi Natalia. I love it!! Paint the canvas white and start over – yes we can!! That’s such a great thought – I’m loving it! So, even when we’re not exactly happy with where we are – we can still just start over – and make that masterpiece that we are!

@miruspeg – Hi Peggy. Connecting life around us with the spirit within – Peggy, this sounds so much like you are connecting at a deep level – and that is indeed a masterpiece in the works!

@Stacey Shipman – Hi Stacey. Ah, great realization here (and for me too) – that we’re never fully “complete”. There is always something more – each day is something new – and we can choose what colors we’re going to mix and put onto our life canvas. And each day can bring new and exciting colors into our life.

@Mama Zen – Thanks much!


Lance May 31, 2009 at 8:51 pm

@Megan – …and thanks to you too! I hope your Sunday was great as well.

@Jannie – You are a masterpiece unfolding, no doubt! TCFKA Jannie…I like her too…you both are awesome!

@Jannie (all the rest of you Jannie’s) – The good news – you’re almost the top talker. The bad news – the counter resets on the first of every month (tomorrow!). Are you having fun with your fancshy schmanshy new spatula? And not only are you nearing that top position – you’re also inflating my ego with all these comments! There’s a lesson in here about persistence…I’m sure of it…

@Stacey/Create A Balance – Hi Stacey. You’re never at the bottom of any list here (no matter what the sidebar says)! You ARE a masterpiece, Stacey – in your own very special ways you are uniquely “you” = a masterpiece for sure!

@Stephen – It is fantastic, isn’t it! Thanks much for stopping by today.

@Jeanne – Thank you!

@Tess – Tess, have I ever told you I love your attitude? Yes, you live this quote!

@Caroline – We are all works in progress. And seeing this – what a great place to be, Caroline. Even if we do have to start over sometimes on our life canvas – this just means we’ve thought of some new ways to express our masterpiece!


Lance May 31, 2009 at 8:52 pm

@Diane C. – Awesome thought – of a clay sculpture that is still malleable – ever forming… And if we live our life as though every moment is a miracle – then those moments really are!

@Laurie – Great thought on this Laurie. If we think of our life as a masterpiece then that means that we see ourselves as the ‘painter’ of our life canvas. And that does mean that we aren’t just letting others paint on our canvas – but that we are the ones choosing the colors and doing the painting…

@Davina – Hi Davina. And if we see each breath, each step as part of our masterpiece – does that change how we breathe, or how we take each step? If we really do think about these as part of our masterpiece in progress – then I think we certainly do change how we breathe, how we take each step… Great great thought Davina!

@Henie – Love it! It starts from within, doesn’t it! And what we make of our life, the art we produce coming from the soul of our life – what a masterpiece this is!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. Thank you! Living in the moment – yes, what a great thought on this. Like painting – we’re only adding to that masterpiece when we’re painting – when we’re living our life – and that’s in the now… That’s what I love about these quotes – all the great additions from everyone that just really helps to give them life – and this one is no exception! Thanks much Barbara for helping me to look at this in a new light!

@Hilda – Hi Hilda. Isn’t that great – when we think of ourselves as a masterpiece that is unfolding – we think of the great things that matter deeply to us – that make us shine (and we all shine in different and wonderful ways)!

@Positively Present – Hi Dani. When we start to think of ourselves as a masterpiece – I think we look inward to what really matters – because that’s what will truly make us our very own masterpiece. And working toward this – toward our own life masterpiece – is fulfilling work…

@Sami – Craziness is good!! And another great point – is that our life masterpiece is really determined by all of life’s moments, the ups and the downs. When we remember this, and focus on what makes us “come alive” – what a great place!! Keep on being just who you uniquely are Sami – it’s you, and it’s great!

@Srinivas – Living in the moment – it’s a great place to be!


Daphne May 31, 2009 at 9:15 pm


Like Barbara, I love the picture and admire your ability to find just the right image for the quote. I’m not an artist – having failed art in primary school I conveniently blame my art teacher for stifling a potentially world-changing career πŸ˜‰

I remember telling my mum, during a difficult period, that life is like a tapestry. Sometimes it feels like each day is a dark thread, yet those dark threads are part of the big picture, and allow the bright colours to stand out beautifully. That’s the closest analogy to the painting quote that I can think of. So yes, each brush stroke has a purpose in the picture, and I am grateful.

Daphne´s last blog post..Energize Your Home and Life with Feng Shui


Vered - MomGrind May 31, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I would love to live so mindfully instead of rushing through my life like a madwoman, as I often do!

Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..10 Ways To Love Yourself As A Woman


Marelisa May 31, 2009 at 9:48 pm

In the past few years I have started to think of myself as a work in progress: it’s like Tal Ben-Shahar–the Harvard professor who taught positive psychology there–says: being happy is a journey, and we can be happier every day. As we go along our colors can get brighter and we can adjust the shadow and light until we get it just right. πŸ™‚


Robin June 1, 2009 at 5:53 am

Hi Lance – I think seeing ourselves as a work of art in progress is a great idea! We are all unfolding, aren’t we? – R

Robin´s last blog post..Sondra Ray – Rebirthing And Physical Immortality


Karl - Work Happy Now June 1, 2009 at 7:24 am

We have so many ways to look at life. It’s up to us to find the beauty in the external and internal world. Without this ability we are floating along in a fog.

I try to do a external and internal check a couple times a day to remind myself of all the wonderful things in my life.

Karl – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..Daily Body Scan


Yum Yucky June 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

Oh gosh. No comment just yet. I’ve got to chew on this one and reflect for awhile first. Thanks for the challenge!

Yum Yucky´s last blog post..Taste Test: Entenmann’s Chocolate Chip Cereal Bars


suzen June 1, 2009 at 11:23 am

Wonderful quote and TRUTH be in it! There’s a book “Everyday a Work of Art” that is a wealth of inspiration for even the non-painters out there! The beauty of painting is if you don’t like it, paint over it and begin anew – hmmm, I see where this applies to recreating ourselves as well, don’t you? I am made up of layers, I know that much!


Jenny June 1, 2009 at 11:41 am

This exercise could be a double edge sword. On the one hand a person could strive to make themselves better each day and be the best ME they can be and be happy with that. On the other hand, a person could try s hard to get to that level of perfection that is not possible and waste their life only focusing on themselves, not realizing that it is everything around them, friends, family, work etc that makes up their own work of art.

Great thought though!

Jenny´s last blog post..Still No Title…But Here’s More!


Cricket June 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I see myself as a work in progress all of the time. Thank goodness paints can cover up what is underneath!

Beautiful quote Lance.

Cricket´s last blog post..A Ride on Big Bertha…The Unexpected Journey


Chania Girl June 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

What spoke to me in this quote were the words “in progress”, “unfolding.” I think sometimes I can be impatient and want things to be finished, complete, already full realized. I want to be the finished work of art NOW. But … this is perhaps not as it should be. And this is not a bad thing. Even unfinished works are things of beauty. πŸ™‚

Chania Girl´s last blog post..Putting Humpty Together Again: Mending the Cracked Pot


Sagan June 1, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Life is art. A friend of mine once went around asking everyone he knew to make something beautiful. It could be anything at all. I thought that was such a lovely idea.

Sagan´s last blog post..How much food is just right?


Audra Krell June 1, 2009 at 6:46 pm

What I love about this is that it’s all about active living. There is nothing static about the masterpiece unfolding….

Audra Krell´s last blog post..Success


Evita June 1, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Beautiful Lance – I like to feel that I do live my life in this way! I am the painter, I am the sculpter and I create my art work as I go.

And it feels sooo great! I like to always think, as God creates and is the greatest artist ever and we are made in the image and likeness of God, so too we are great artists, each of our own life and at the same time adding a piece to the great art work of the sacred whole.


SheSleepsWithSeaGlass June 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm

* deep, happy sigh *

Such a beautiful quote for me to start living by. How much kinder and sweeter will I be to myself viewing myself as a precious masterpiece in the making?
Big thanks,


Mindful Mimi June 2, 2009 at 1:54 am

Hi Lance,
This quote talks to me of course, because I love art and I create. So I do have an eye for the artful side of life. And especially since I have (created) children, I know that life is a piece of art for your own creation. We make it. Every masterful stroke, every flaw, every wrong and right color.
I tell my 3 year old son, who paints as well, that if you create something and someone loves it, it’s art. This goes for the pieces he creates, but also of any good deeds we do, of behaving, of helping out etc.
Thanks for this artsy way to start my week.

Mindful Mimi´s last blog post..Sunday laugh


Lance June 2, 2009 at 3:56 am

@Daphne – Hi Daphne. In terms of painting, I’m no artist either. And yet, seeing this picture – I can’t help but think of how I am the artist of my life – and the paintbrushes represent the life decisions I make. And I love what you’re saying Daphne – about the dark threads adding to our masterpiece too – they sure do – they are a part of us. Now…for that world-changing career…

@Vered – And sometimes that’s just slowing down a bit, and making small changes to how you do things. I know all about rushing around, some days sure do feel that way!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. I love that thought about happiness being a journey! We choose how to live our life – and I’m all for choosing happiness!

@Robin – Hi Robin. We are all unfolding, exposing more of our masterpiece as we go along. And that’s especially true if we think of ourselves as a masterpiece, I think we focus more on our greatness – or more specifically – that inside of us which is uniquely us…

@Karl – Hi Karl. What a great thought! It is up to us to see that beauty in our world – it’s there! And as we see that beauty, we really began to shine, to truly become that masterpiece! The external is what others see – and when it’s based upon the internal for us – then that external is a mastpiece for the world to see!

@Yum Yucky – Hi Josie. Hey, no problem, glad to provide a challenge for you (and for me)…

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. Oh, that’s a great thought – that we can recreate ourselves when we paint over what we have! And that really says that if we want to change, to make our life masterpiece something different or better – we can by starting over. And even if it doesn’t work, we can still paint over again. What a liberating thought! And thanks for the book recommendation!


Lance June 2, 2009 at 3:56 am

@Jenny – Jenny, that’s a great point. Our life masterpiece is made up not only of “us”, but also from all of our family and friends, and interactions with life. Working on our life masterpiece is really about our whole life and how we live it.

@Cricket – Hi Tammy. And that’s it – if we want to change what we’ve “painted” so far, we can just paint over. Thanks much!

@Chania Girl – “Even unfinished works are things of beauty” – how wonderfully said! Yes, many of us can be impatient (myself included) and want to see some finished product now. And really – our life masterpiece is a continuing piece of art that is never finished – and is something that continues to change every day as we go through life.

@Sagan – Thanks for sharing this Sagan. And what a great story! We all have something beautiful to offer – and oftentimes we go through our days and don’t think about the beauty we have to give – when we all do have something!

@Audra – Hi Audra. I love it – nothing static about the masterpiece we’re creating! No, when we’re actively creating our very own masterpiece, the one that comes from our soul – it’s all about active and conscious living. And in this – our masterpiece really does become a work of art!

@Evita – Hi Evita. I am sure you live your life this way, my friend! When we think of God, our Creator, Oneness – as the ultimate masterpiece – and if we’re made in His likeness – then letting our true colors shine onto the canvas of our life DOES create a beautiful work of art. And I love how you’ve tied this in to our own great masterpiece being part of something much bigger – we certainly are – and when we allow our masterpiece to shine – we help others to do that to!

@SheSleepsWithSeaGlass – Hi Bella. Ah yes, when we think of ourselves as a beautiful masterpiece, we might also begin to treat ourselves (and those around us) differently. And that’s a pretty wonderful thing! Keep on letting your masterpiece emerge and shine!

@Mindful Mimi – Hi Mimi. Hey, I’m glad I could provide that “artsy” start this week! And what a wonderful lesson you’ve shared with your son – that his painting is art – but more than that – his good works are too. Our life masterpiece is a summation of everything about us. And when I think this way, when I think of all parts of my life somehow affecting the masterpiece of my life – I become more mindful of my actions.


FatFighterTV June 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

I guess I keep taking breaks from creating my Masterpiece – I keep getting distracted so easily! Working on it, though…

FatFighterTV´s last blog post..Weight Loss WooHoo! to Cammy (The Tippy Toe Diet)


Liara Covert June 2, 2009 at 10:21 am

A person exists to recognize there is more to life than ordinary, perceived routines. Soul energy within every person is in the process of awakening. The degree to which a person awakens is proportional to the degree to which that person accepts the truth, those things the ego mind resists at all cost. Identity is unrelated to physical existence. Conditioned beliefs and attachments keep you brainwashed until you detach and sense beyond them. The trigger is to recognize certain things are imbalanced, not experienced and accepted as they are. Rest assured, anything done by a confused or misled self does not reflect the real you. Guilt and shame are misplaced. Awakening means a willingness to deteach from illusions of grief and misunderstandings. Learning from every experience without judgment is part of the never-ending, unseen process. Sharing with others helps each person awaken more fully, even now.

Liara Covert´s last blog post..Awaken from the dream of unreality


Nadia - Happy Lotus June 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

Hi Lance,

Apologies on the delay in getting here. These last two days have been busy but a happy busy. πŸ™‚

As usual, I loved the quote! It is so true. Our lives are a canvas and it is up to us to decide how we want that canvas to look. πŸ™‚

We are more powerful than we know. The world is open to whatever we have to offer and we start that process by creating a life that is truly reflective of who we really are.

Hope all is awesome, my friend! Keep Smiling! πŸ™‚

Nadia – Happy Lotus´s last blog post..Conscious Capitalism


Tabitha June 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I pray I am living this very way. I love the thought of seeing each single second as a work of art. If we truly paid attention we’d see beauty beyond our imagination.

Tabitha´s last blog post..Tell All Tuesday


Patricia June 2, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I am applying new paint to my husband’s fanciful birdhouse as a birthday gift and I pretend that I am a painter doing a Mona Lisa for the bird’s delight.

I am a piece of work all right! I am all too mindfully aware.

(Just for FYI – did you see that Deep Friar’s dog was found? Tipper ran away during a thunderstorm and 30 days later a farmer found her – very thin but OK- thought that was good news )

Patricia´s last blog post..And The Winner Is!


Lance June 2, 2009 at 10:20 pm

@FatFighterTV – Hi Sahar. We all have moment of getting distracted. Similar to creating that great painting – the artists have to take breaks to keep their inspiration there. As long as we’re working on it…it’s being developed! And it will be a masterpiece if we really put our heart into what we’re creating within…

@Liara – Yes, I think we all have that soul energy – and awakening it – wow, what a masterpiece this can lead to. And if we can share this with others – how much greater this is. Just like beautiful art – it’s best when others can see her beauty as well. Just like us – when we allow ourselves to shine, this helps others to find that within themselves also.

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. No apologies needed! It’s great to have you here, whenever you can make it. Yes, we can decide what goes on that canvas, especially if we are fully aware of ourselves and connected to our inner spirit. …and the world opens up to us…

@Tabitha – Beauty starts by what’s inside, and how we let that shine. Each of us has that – we just have to open our hearts to seeing it – and then letting it out. Taibtha, you are living it…

@Patricia – Hi Patricia. And this just shows that all things, great or small – can be the Mona Lisa of our life. What a great example – the birdhouse can be likened to a small part of us that we work on. You are a masterpiece Patricia! And…great news on Tipper!


Jared June 3, 2009 at 9:23 am

I am a work of art and a spiritual warrior. Each day I dawn a brush and sword to create and battle towards achieving the best possible me I can be. To love, to live, to experience everything I can in this day. Hmmm, that’s pretty cool… I just started writing and that’s what came.

When I first read this quote, I thought of something I read a few years ago. Not sure if it applies to this quote or everyone’s comments, but I felt I was to share it here…

“My friend Joe Mathews shared a poignant story with me recently. His best friend’s wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a short time to live. Joe said he watched in awe as Dan and his wife, Christine, began to live each day with tremendous clarity and love. When it was nearly the end Joe finally got up the courage to ask Christine the question: “What does it feel like to live each day knowing you are dying?” She raised herself up on one arm, and then asked him, “Joe, what does it feel like to live each day pretending that you are not?”

From: Jesus, Life Coach By Laurie Beth Jones

Jared´s last blog post..Learning my fathers love language


Lance June 4, 2009 at 4:44 am

Hi Jared,
When you really let that thought sink in – deeply – the thought that we’re all dying – it is so powerful. And it can also be so difficult to grasp – this idea that, like someone who has just been diagnosed with some incurable disease – we are all dying. When we reframe that for ourselves – the whole time thing makes it difficult. It’s one thing to know you have six months or a year or two years even, left to live. When you have no idea how long your time on earth will be – grasping each day as such an important day is difficult. So – I think this fits very well Jared. Are we creating that masterpiece of our life with the thought that our time here on earth is limited?

And – thanks much for sharing your own thoughts on your masterpiece creation – awesome!


Robin Easton June 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm

I’m sure late in getting to this one. LOL!!! You know, I was so excited when I saw this quote because it is something I believe SO strongly. If we can really look at our lives, EVERY day, as a work of art it starts to change how we perceive ourselves and life. Even if things go wrong that day, we can still embrace that. All artists learn, make mistakes, trial and error, change a color, a texture, an angle, the painting is forever evolving. (Now see? This would be a post that YOU would write so well. Comparing life to painting a picture. It’s the type of writing that you excel at.)

Anyway, my point being that a serious committed artist doesn’t stop painting just because they happen to put the wrong color in the painting. They simply paint over it or somehow incorporate it into the whole in a new way.

It’s easy for us all to do that with our great and beautiful days, but we tend to discard our rougher days when we don’t need to. They too can be part of the painting or tapestry, etc. In fact IF we embrace them they add a depth to the work that would otherwise be missing. So I say, embrace it all. Like my husband says at least once or more week, “It’s ALL life.”

Wow, you sure inspired me dear Lance. Thank you so so so much. Hugs to you and thank you for your beautiful heartfelt response on my last comment here. Touched me deeply. You always do. Hugs, Robin

Robin Easton´s last blog post..Are You Still in Survival Mode?


Jared June 5, 2009 at 7:21 am

What a great addition to the comments.

“Anyway, my point being that a serious committed artist doesn’t stop painting just because they happen to put the wrong color in the painting. They simply paint over it or somehow incorporate it into the whole in a new way.”

Both my mother and sister are professional artist… I can’t draw a straight line without the use of software. But I do write music however. I’ve seen my mothers style change over the years, and I’ve witnessed what you talk about; a painting that starts out was one thing ends up as something totally different and more beautiful then what was originally imagined. Hmm, sort of like my life and how it has turned out since I turned it over to a power greater than myself.

My mother teaches art therapy, mostly to Alzheimer’s patients, and believes everyone can be an artist. She always tells me “draw what you see, not what you think it should look like.”

And as you mentioned, even our worst days can teach us something. I like to remind myself that I can start my day over anytime I like. Just stop, pray, get present, and ask for guidance.

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Robin Easton June 6, 2009 at 8:55 am


This is filled with life what you have written here and I am honored and encouraged by your kind words. Also blown away by your blog. Beautiful work. You piece about learning your Dad’s love language is astounding. Brilliant! And one so many people should read. Essential reading. When we can see beyond our expectations and realize each being expresses love in different ways…then we REALLY find abundant love everywhere. But for as long as we hang onto “I want love THIS way and if I don’t get it THIS way then they aren’t giving it me, we will end up very lonely in score keeping. Thank you for such depth of insight. I can see why you and Lance would hit it off.

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Lance June 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm

@Robin Easton – Robin, this is so wonderful! And how you’ve said it just really is what makes me come even more alive in what can be – irregardless of what’s already on our “artwork”. Each day is a day to become the masterpiece we are inside! And now, you’ve inspired me. And about that post….hmmm….I’ll think about that – you’ve got my wheels spinning. Thank you so much, as always, for such a heartfelt and honest response.

@Jared – Thanks so much for sharing the story of part of your family. I’m especially moved by your mother, and how she says “draw what you see, not what you think it should look like.” If we could all allow ourselves to do this, to not get hung up what we “think” something should look like – what a free expression of our souls! Thanks so much for stopping back here. And I agree, Robin has really added to the conversation here (she always does, her words are spoken with so much heart and soul in them).

@Robin Easton – Hi again Robin! And thank you for stopping back too! Your words, once again, add so much meaning. Thank you, my friend, for all you give of yourself…


Elizabeth Barrette June 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm

My life is a story of which I am a coauthor.

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Erin Prais-Hintz June 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Lance, that is a wickedly awesome quote and something that I am totally feeling right now! I will be using this quote on my blog soon to be the inspiration behind the post. You are an amazingly creative person and I love coming here for inspiration! Thanks! Enjoy the day!

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Lance June 7, 2009 at 6:05 am

@Elizabeth – And that’s it, everyone’s story – they play a part in making it what it becomes – a beautiful masterpiece it really can be for everyone!

@Erin – I love the words “wickedly” and “awesome” together! And that you are feeling the masterpiece that is you, Erin – I’m not surprised. I find you to be a very talented and expressive person, and someone who really is listening to her soul – what a masterpiece it is!


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