June creating a Mosaic, at Accademia di Belle Arti

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?



  1. Penny says:

    I love the analogy you made. The image of our identity/life as a mosaic is much more fitting than a puzzle, whose pieces fit neatly together. While crafting a mosaic is a lot like putting a puzzle together, its edges are not clean; the are broken, and we have to make them fit, just as we have to make circumstances fit into our lives, and as we do, we see the work coming together to create something unique.

    Great post, June! Can’t wait to read more!

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