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Be the Sculptor and the Marble

“We can write a meaningful lifetime script.  We will become both sculptor and marble. We will be the designer and the design.”
~Bernard Strehler, Gerontologist
What an absolutely wonderful concept!  This idea that we are sculpting our life. It brings about the visual of a life of contemplated and deliberate creation. 
I will tell anyone who asks (and even some who don’t), that the first half of my life was spent going wherever fate took me.  Looking back, I can pinpoint  specific desires I had that came true.  To be truthful, upon discovering that realization, I was pleasantly surprised.  You see, I wasn’t consciously aware of my life design other than vague generalizations about salary, marriage, etc.  Most of them determined by social or familial norms rather than personal longings.
Today, I lead my life in a different way.  I make a conscious effort to focus on what I really want.  Even if it’s as simple as blissfully enjoying my daily round (which is simple, yet really isn’t that easy).  I take responsibility in determining my future.  If discontented or fearful, I am aware of the emotion and seek out why, thus sending me in the right direction for a solution.  
It doesn’t really make sense to get on an elevator and just take it for a ride.  You need to know what floor is your destination and punch that button.
Doesn’t it feel better to know you created the life you have versus being a victim of it?  If you understand you created it, whether you feel it is good or bad, it is liberating because you know you have more direction over your future (and, a choice in how you view your past). 
As said by Lawrence in The Power of Karma (Browne), “All life is a work of art in progress.  Everyone has a great deal of power to shape their own future.  A great sculptor would not aimlessly cut a stone.  He would decide the form he wished to produce and then proceed to mold his work of art.  A wise person is one who thinks before he acts or reacts.”