Just some thoughts:
Trifle–A thing of little value or importance.
On some of my wife’s and our travels to Europe we visited Vatican City. While there we have had the good fortune to visit and see Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling.
Today while attending a church service with family and friends the speaker reference Michelangelo and shared an interesting story about him.
A friend visited Michelangelo during one of his many artistic efforts. Time past and his friend returned to see how he was doing only to remark: “Why have you done so little since I was last here?” In essences he was saying that it appears your efforts have been of little value, you have “trifled” with you time and work.
To which Michelangelo remarked, “Not so, I have done much.” He went on to explain that he had done much. That his efforts how small they might appear took much time, effort and preparation. Sometimes the smallest of detail, efforts can be most time demanding.
The speaker went on to tell us that perfection is more than trifling. Sometimes what appears as little in the eyes of one is not so in the eyes of another. Today so often in our society we want “sweeping” and quick changes. We often measure success by what we think are great strides. There’s a word to interject here, the word patience.
One can ask how can anything of great importance, significance come from something so small when the need is so great? Matters of importance such as relationships can take time and efforts during that process are certainly not trifling. Small efforts can bring final perfection.
Sometimes what has to be said is: “I have been doing something, it may appear otherwise to others, but not so, I have accomplished much since you were last here.”
Working toward perfection is never a trifle.
June 16, 2018
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