Just over 500 years ago Artists all over Italy were being commissioned to capture the essence of this great hero. David the Giant Killer– The classic tale that is commonly described as the ULTIMATE UNDERDOG STORY….
Literally hundreds of famous sculptors of the time were creating their art – their definition of this defining moment in history … Everyone of these sculptures portrayed David as a man battling the great giant or, standing victorious over a the large dead body…
Then Michelangelo came along and truly captured the moment David became a hero…He saw what no one else saw… and created what is certainly one of the most famous pieces of art in history.
What makes this a masterpiece? What makes this piece of art touch us? Why does it stand apart from all the rest???
Imagine with me for a moment if you will….Goliath the size of 10 men killing hundreds of men every minute…slicing through them- crushing them.
Imagine thousands of people running in the opposite direction – yelling – screaming in fear, retreating from the giant and certain death. Imagine young David there in midst of all the screams and all the horror…He knows something must be done but runs with the herd…. getting carried away with the masses lost in fear , despair, worry and cowardice.
Then in a MOMENT – knowing something MUST be done…He makes a DECISION. He STOPS- He turns AGAINST the crowd. His body surrenders to his own fear… Intensity burns in his eyes… there is a fierceness to his demeanor. He places his sling shot over his shoulder…(Look closely at the pic of the sculpture)……And you know the rest of the story from there.
It was the MOMENT!!!
Michelangelo captured the exact moment –
The moment we stand tall…turn against the tides of fear, mediocrity, complaining, despondency, helplessness, indecision, anger, loathing , and low standards…the moment we stand for what s right–the moment we stand for what we believe….Is the MOMENT we become heroes.
What is your fear? What giant in your life have you not yet defeated?? What is your Goliath? Where have you followed the herd and not listened to your heart?
We can all be hero’s the moment we decide to be… You do that and your story will be one of Legend….Your life will be a masterpiece. So, WHEN IS YOUR MOMENT?
No matter how many times you have failed in the past…and even if you have stopped believing in yourself…. even if we have never met…I want you to know that I believe in you. I have seen first hand the power of the human spirit…I believe it exist in all of us.—- There is a hero in you.
I hope you never look at this statue the same way again…I hope you never look at yourself the same way again.
Please share this message with someone you believe in.
*Also– I know I may have left out some historical facts (Ive read the wiki and the biblical version… i know its different — The above relates to the thoughts of the artists, not the story of the bible…This is my interpretation…It serves me…and I hope it serves you as well.Share this:
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