Today, my thoughts about identity growth led me back to many years ago when I took a course, in Ravenna , Italy, “The Ancient Method of Mosaic Making” at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna.
The process is a grand illustration of our identity growth. I meticulously copied, from a picture/copy of an ancient mosaic, on canvas each piece of the mosaic. Then the challenging labor began. Large slabs of different colors of marble were chopped into smaller pieces. I painstakingly took the smaller pieces of marble and cut and shaped each piece precisely – matching the color and design exactly as it appeared in the ancient mosaic. Each segment was put precisely in place, using the ancient method of mosaic making. It was a long involved process, taking 2 weeks to finish. When completed – it was stunning.
Our lives are much the same way – slowly we “cut out”our identity. Each piece of our life is a different shape, a different color, changing-each part somehow fitting into place, to create a masterpiece.
I could have stopped at anytime and left the mosaic masterpiece incomplete. Instead I steadily worked, even when the challenge of making it was painful, frustrating, and tiring.
Likewise, we must continue our life and never stop achieving – for one day our masterpiece will be completed; the pieces will fit perfectly in place. It will be dazzling!
No matter your age, never stop or give up and lose the wonder of your life completed; your identity, your majestic being.
“We are each a mosaic of gifts. Each of us has our own inner beauty”
How are you creating your mosaic?