Each Brushstroke Is Another Goal Put Into Action – Turning The Invisible, Visible.

Your life is a canvas,make it a MASTERPIECE

 Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.

  – Brian Tracy

As we go through life, we are given glimpses through open doors of opportunities.  Most of the time we pass them by.  But once in awhile there is a door that grabs us.  It stirs our curiosity.  What would it be like to accomplish this dream?  Like a blank canvas, with a range of colors on the palette it calls to us to use this color.  Try this one next.  What is critical at this point is to not overthink it.  That will ruin the painting.  We will get stuck with writers block.  Instead we just need to challenge ourselves to step into the room.  One step at a time over to the easel.  Pick up the paint brush and just start with one color.

Make your life a masterpiece:  Step beyond the demands of the moment and begin right now to design and live the life you deserve.

  – Tony Robbins

As you look at the canvas you might decide that you want a color that has a pinkish purple flavor to it.  When you look at your palette, you find two colors that sort of call out to you.  Two competing dreams as it were.  Which one do you pick?  Pick the one that is bolder in color.  The one that scares you a little to use it.  What will people think when they look at your painting?  Will they say it is too wild?  Too garish looking?  Picking the one that scares you, is the one that is going to grow you.  Always go for the scary colors.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

  – C.S. Lewis

Now how are you approaching this canvas?  I always think of the eccentric Frenchman artist type.  All wild colors, nothing matching.  All flair and panache.  When we step into a dream which is going to challenge us, we need that flair of enthusiasm.  Think of the Martin Short character in “Father of the Bride”.  He was so enthusiastic that he could talk you into saying yes to something that you would have never tried.  And the amazing part of it, is that his taste was perfect.  You might have thought it was too much, but in fact it is just right.


Your Life is now. SEIZE IT and make it amazing.
FIND YOUR VOICE.. Believe in Miracles.
Discover your passion and PURSUE IT. Be honest, generous and kind
SURROUND YOURSELF With Love, Laughter and Truth
Let your heart be your guide. INSPIRE someone . . .
MAKE A DIFFERENCE.. Be a hero to someone.
Live Your Dream. Be Brave and Wild at Heart
BE FEARLESS. Go on a Adventure.
Drink the Wild Air. Kiss slowly.
As we continue down the road of this new dream, this new journey, we are going to make mistakes.  We are going to get lost.  Make a wrong turn and end up in the wrong neighborhood – it is just as bad to end up in the ghetto as it is to end up in the Richie Rich neighborhood where everyone looks at you with that smirk of disgust of what the cat just dragged in. 
Some people will always throw stones in your path.  It depends on you what you make with them.  Wall or Bridge?  Remember you are the architect of your life . . .
  – Unknown
We will say yes when we should say no.  We will say no when we should say yes.  Good jobs, bad jobs.  Good relationships and bad ones.  A health crisis or two dozen.  So many things can and will go sideways on us.  Challenge yourself to not pass blame and judgment and instead say –  what can I learn from this experience and how can I do better?  Remember we have a blade to scrape off the paint we don’t like and we can repaint our masterpiece over and over until we get it right.
Live life fully while you’re here.  Experience everything.  Take care of yourself and your friends.  Have fun, be crazy, be weird.  Go out and screw up!  You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process.  Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes:  find the cause of your problem and eliminate it.  Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.
  – Anthony Robbins
Sometimes our masterpiece seems to have a mind of its own.  It just takes off and all of a sudden we see something new in our painting.  Something we swear we didn’t put there.  No, no, no – that isn’t what I meant to create.  When this happens take a deep breath.  Just breathe and take in the whole masterpiece.  Just let it sink it and see if there isn’t a reason why this just showed up.  Let go of trying to control every single flake of paint.  Dot by Dot we have been painting something we thought was a smile and now it looks like a grimace.  Just let it be for now.  Concentrate on another aspect of your masterpiece and come back to it later.  There may be a reason for this, and if not, we have our paint scrapper and we can fix it later.
I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve.  This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent.  As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.
  – Anthony Robbins
Remember that this is your painting.  Your masterpiece.  Keep on painting.  Don’t abandon it because someone else’s painting looks better.  We are not on their journey.  We are on our own.  At the end of the day, the only thing you are responsible for is to be able to say to yourself:
This is the life I dreamed of writing, the masterpiece I longed to paint.  
My life has been a shining star hung high in the heavens. 
The one I reached for when I was young and hopeful. 
The quest is completed, the life has been well lived. 
It has been filled with risks taken, falling down many times, scores of lessons learned. 
While I may have wished for some things to be different, the road took me on many adventures I never dreamed of when I started.
With all things I am blessed.

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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