When my oldest son was 19 we went to Florence, Italy. He was about to start his college basketball freshman year and we were both very excited and looking forward to the experience.
We were able to get in to see “The David”, Michelangelo’s great sculpture, and as my son stood gazing up, (even at 6’ 7”, The David towered over him) he turned to me and said, “The next four years are like this sculpture, aren’t they? I can’t see what’s coming, really, I can have a vision, but can’t be sure of what lies ahead, just like the block of marble that Michelangelo carved into The David.”
My son has always been quite sensitive and aware, and I said, “No matter what you see in your mind, the most important thing you can do is keep showing up, even when it’s hard, even when you get discouraged, even when others tell you to quit. This sculpture took determination and follow through to complete, and the faith that’s inside this huge block of marble, David was inside.”
“Today, I will look at the challenges and goals in my life and promise myself to follow through, and to keep showing up.”