You can be a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time can’t you?

May 31st, 2017 #coffeetalk

Good Wednesday morning everyone out there in Connectland waking and rising and shining. I am relaxed here with my puppy by my feet looking out the back window at the … rainy and cloudy weather. Nothing a dark and rich roast won’t fix 😉

Is it really possible to be a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time? A piece of art has to be one or another right? So I always thought that the masterpiece is done at the end of the body of work (sort of a legacy) and the work that is put in makes up all the work in progress.

But this really is not the case and helps to reaffirm the concept of self-love. If you look at yourself like a masterpiece and accept your flaws as works of art then you will be more likely to succeed and maintain that success. If you ever ask any painter or sculptor they will always know exactly where the imperfections are but when they call it a final and finished product, they accept and embrace those flaws.

We use the latter part of the phrase “work in progress” as a crutch or an excuse way too often in life and in our journey .. a work in progress is not a reason not to celebrate and embrace where we are. What happens when people compliment us? We answer with … “I’m working on it” or “getting there” or something to that effect without taking the compliment for what it is and embracing it as your own … a moment of pride to lean in on when times get tough.

So today celebrate in what you do well in making yourself a masterpiece but also allowing the work in progress to be a part of it but not derail your success.

Have a great day hump day everyone!!

7 thoughts on “You can be a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time can’t you?

  1. So hard to get compliments. Its uncomfortable. Not just compliments about appearance but also about other things. So strange. Thanks for the post. I’m spreading the word about you, you are truly an inspiration and a great motivator! Just accept it! 🙂

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  2. The leading researcher on self-compassion, Kristin Neff, claims that it is through loving ourselves as we are now that we are able to make positive change. It might seem like a paradox, that if we are good and kind to ourselves in the condition we are in currently, that we will lose incentive to try new things. But she says treating ourselves with kindness opens us up to more compassionate self-examination, which in turn empowers our ability to make changes.

    Another way to look at it for me is to recognize that my body is a machine capable of great things, provided I treat it right. So if I’m overweight or (as I am now) injured, my body is my ally not my enemy. Respecting and honoring my physical being gives me the chance to improve!

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    1. This is really insightful JP … I love the portion about if you treat yourself kindly than you open yourself up to more compassion and empowerment. Thanks for sharing friend.


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