Issue 138, June 7, 2006
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Make a Masterpiece of Your Life
by David DeFord
In 1956, Harry de Leyer arrived late to the horse auction. All of the finer horses had already been sold. As he was about to leave, Harry noticed an old gray gelding. The 8-year-old had scars on his legs and marks from years in a work harness. But there was something about the old horse that appealed to Harry, so he purchased him for $80.
His children took to the gelding immediately. They named him “Snowman” for the white coat on his back. Snowman proved to be a gentle and reliable friend to the family.
The only trouble came when Snowman kept disappearing. Often, he would be found in the neighbor’s field. The only way he could have escaped was to have jumped over the high fence. But that seemed impossible.
Over time, Harry decided to enter Snowman in a horse jumping competition. The old horse took to the sport immediately and in spite of his age and his looks, he won his first competition. The other breeders laughed at Snowman, calling him a “flea-bitten gray,” but the horse kept winning. Soon he became the favorite of audiences everywhere. He became a symbol of an ordinary horse that could achieve so extraordinarily. Television stories were aired about Snowman. Books were written about him.
In 1958 and 1959, the old gray horse, once sold at auction for only $80, was selected “Horse of the Year.” He was finally inducted into the show jumping Hall of Fame.
Snowman became an example of the untapped potential that lies within each of us.
You may feel like that discarded gray horse. Life may have inflicted you with scars and worn you down.
Derogatory labels, failures, disappointments, lost jobs, divorces, bankruptcies, and broken hearts may have afflicted you.
Or you may just feel that you’re on the downside of your peak—without having reached your dreams.
But, like Snowman, you have wonderful, untapped potential. You have talents you can channel to qualify for the hall of fame in your area of passion.
You have victories yet to win. You can still create a masterpiece of your life.
Here are some suggestions for making serious progress toward your masterpiece.
First, shed all negative labels. Think of yourself as the child of God that you are. Strive to see past your disappointments and stretch your view to your potential.
Second, realize you have the power to bring about a glorious change. You have free will. You have a choice in how you live. The power is in you.
Third, ponder and identify the masterpiece you would like to make of your life. What do you want? What will it take? Do you want it bad enough? Your limitations are your own making. Break them.
Fourth, make a written plan. Break it down into baby steps. Tackle one step at a time.
Fifth, regularly evaluate your progress and adjust your plan as needed. Don’t give up if your first try doesn’t get you to your dream—it rarely will.
Sixth, keep your heart focused on the masterpiece you seek. Don’t let negative comments from others, or discouraging feelings keep you from striving toward your goal. Focus hard.
You can make a wonderful masterpiece of your life.
Snowman’s value rose once he found his hidden talent.
You can do the same.
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You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot do. Ben Stein
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. Colin Powell
The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent. Arnold Schwarzenegger
What we focus on expands. If we focus on the problems in our lives, they tend to increase. If we focus on the good things we already have, they too, have a tendency to grow. Michael Angier
You are the fruit of the thoughts you have planted and nourished. If you want a better harvest, you must plant better thoughts. Robert Allen
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