Michelangelo, the world’s best known sculptor, was commissioned to paint well over 5,000 square feet of frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The project required him to learn the technique of buon fresco, the most difficult type of painting undertaken by only the masters, and challenged him to learn to paint perspective correctly on a curved surface 60 feet above the viewer. Besides these challenges, it was truly an exercise in patience.
He did it mostly by himself. Sure, there were assistants to carry his paints up and down the scaffolds, but most of the brushstrokes were his own. He painted for four years, bent over backwards and painting over his head. The master complained that the project forever ruined his vision. 500 years later, all who visit the chapel stand awestruck for a few minutes to soak up the splendor of the work.
You’re going to lose your patience this week. You’ll sit in traffic or get put on hold for hours. Your computer is going to freeze, probably before you remember to hit ‘save’, and your boss is going to give a ridiculous and tedious assignment. Your baked potatoes will take longer to bake than you expect. The check out line will be too long. Your kids will need to use the bathroom when it’s time to get on the bus. But if you can take a deep breath and keep it together, your patience might lead to a stroke of genius.
Have a great week everyone.