I imagine Erwin McManus’ three quests** in Michelangelo’s unfinished statues: the human search for honour, nobility, and enlightenment.
Michelangelo sought to identify and release the figure within the blocks of marble he loved to work on. He was never more free then when he was working with his beloved marble.^
This relationship between sculptor and stone also helps us to see how our release is only possible as we make ourselves available to others so that they are able to find their own honour, their own nobility, and their own enlightenment.
Derek Sivers is taking the role of sculptor when he exhorts:
“Whatever excites you, go do it. Whatever drains you, stop doing it.”^^
(*Dawna Markova, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Erwin McManus’ Uprising.)
(^Irving Stone’s The Agony and the Ecstasy is a compelling biographical novel telling the story of Michelangelo.)
(^^Derek Sivers, quoted iin Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work.)