Unfinished Masterpiece


Yesterday my 13-year-old son Sebastian ran up to me with an inspiring message. Perhaps he knew I needed some encouragement. Whatever the case, I was enlightened.

He stated, “Whenever an artist is painting a picture, it never starts out perfectly. There are asymmetrical blobs of blue, green and orange paint. As you watch, you ask yourself, How will this create a beautiful landscape? The final product begins to unfold. As time goes on, you see how every blob of paint turned what was once an empty canvas into a masterpiece.”

Sebastian is a very talented artist. He can relate to the process involved in creating a work of art. His accuracy, creativity and attention to detail are impressive. But I'm even more impressed with his understanding of this profound concept.

The canvas of our lives is colored with many shades of blue, green and orange. At times, tones of gray and black block the view. Although we may want to see the end result, this would make it even harder to start. 

While the picture may be cloudy, it’s life's gray moments that mold and shape us. Lovely streaks are added as the story unfolds. Every picture is perfect in its own unique way. Experiences have made us who we are today.

Life is the canvas. Tints of gray may cover bright tones trying to come through. Be patient with the process. The reason will one day be clear. The work is unfinished. The story is incomplete. In the end, the result is a masterpiece.

Inspired by Sebastian Barrera

Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection

“Treasures Are Right Before Our Eyes, yet Many Miss Gems Searching for Pearls at the Bottom of the Sea.”



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“Circumstances don’t define you. They shape you. You’re molded to make a difference. Let your light shine bright, even through the cracks.”
— Julie Barbera