I’ve been nominated by The Project Patrol to give a favorite quote for The Quote Challenge. (Yesterday’s Quote.) This challenge suggests the nominees to do the following:
- Post your 3 favorite quotes, one each for three consecutive days.
- With each post nominate three bloggers for the challenge.
- Recognize the blogger who nominated you.
All of us get complimented from time to time for the things we do. And if we have done the work and if we are in agreement, we can accept the compliment graciously or at least humbly. But since we generally know if there is a flaw in the work or we were not completely prepared (for a performance), we often grimace and mumble thank you (or worse, make an excuse why it wasn’t so good) leaving our admirer feeling reprimanded for his expression of gratitude.
Michelangelo said (in Italian, I presume): “If you knew how much work went into it you wouldn’t call it genius.” Over the years I have learned to say “thank you” to people who have admired my skills even when I have felt lacking. But I must agree with Michelangelo that it is the work, the process, the thought, the study, the preparation, and the willingness to do it that creates what we observe as genius.
Michelangelo has been quoted on this same subject (scroll down the page to see his quotes) in various forms but it always comes back to setting our goals high and doing the work to achieve them.
Do I want to be a genius: NO! Do I want to be admired by others for my work? No. Do I want to do the work to transform the gifts I’ve been given into something beautiful and practical and memorable? YES.
And I see so many of you trying to do the same thing. Hang in there.
On a homemaking note I have been looking for pale pink king-sized sheets at a reasonable price. I ordered a set from Amazon for $54.99 with free shipping less a $15 gift card (which I was unaware I owned) that look pale pink in the photo with a color name of “Blush”. We’ll see if they are the ticket when they arrive next week.
Do you have a certain genius for something?