Book Review: The Angel Inside – Part 3

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NOTE:  This is the 3rd of 3 Sections of this review.  It includes extended quotes under #8 of 10 Lessons.  Enjoy!! 
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8.  Embrace the Stages of Chipping, Sculpting, Sanding and Polishing -
“There are times when the Supreme Artist chips away at us, other times when he is sculpting us, other times when he is sanding, and then times when he is polishing.  All of these are needed to create a beautiful life, just as they are needed to create a beautiful sculpture . . . the problem . . . isn’t whether people can see the process, but whether they can accept it.  And furthermore, most important, whether they can embrace it . . . Yes. Embrace it.  You see, if we simply accept it, we are still not necessarily a willing participant in the process; that is, we are not necessarily participants with positive attitudes.  That is key: a positive attitude about the process.”
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“Let’s start with chipping.  Every person has parts of them that simply must go.  If those parts stay, you might never reveal the Angel Inside.  If we are going to create a life of power and beauty, we must allow ourselves to go through the processes that chip away at all of the parts of us that hide our true selves . . . People are afraid of pain.  Physical pain. emotional pain. Psychological pain.  When we lose parts of ourselves, even bad parts that keep us from growing, it hurts. . .  because we have become comfortable with our negative aspects.  We have learned to compensate for them.  So, rather than allow them to be chipped away at, we run away from the process.  And because of that, we get stuck where we are and our Angel never comes to the surface.”
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“ . . . sculpting . . . is different from chipping, in that chipping is taking off what doesn’t belong while sculpting is the fine art of slowly and delicately revealing the form and beauty of the piece, the details we spoke of earlier.  This is where the artist begins to transform the marble into the piece it is intended to become . . . when we have allowed life and our own actions of discipline to eliminate that which hides our true inner selves, we then must actively form the life that we want to lead. . . There are many tools for this . . . We are a product of the things that we allow to shape and influence our lives.  Everything and everyone that we interact with will shape and mold the person we become.  This includes both what we choose to involve ourselves with, as well as what we choose not to involve ourselves with . . . Let me start with what we choose to involve ourselves with.  First and foremost are the people with whom we involve ourselves . . . The second is similar; it is the books that we read.”
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“I like to view books as a chance to converse with the author.  I like to imagine that the author is speaking these ideas directly to me.  I react and ask questions in my mind as I read, and this allows me to ‘speak’ with the author.  This way I am not bound by the limitations of time and space.  I can be friends with the greatest minds that walk, and have walked, the earth.  I can invite them into my life to challenge my thinking, shape my life, and help me become a better person, a more successful person.”
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” . . . our lives are sculpted and formed primarily by the people we associate with and the books we read.  When people grasp that concept, they are prepared to shape their lives into what they want them to become . . . One even claimed that you’can’t be a leader unless you are a reader’ . . . one more piece of advice on the reading of books . . . spend most of your time reading the works of men and women who have passed on long ago . . . because if their books are still touching and helping people, their ideas must be lasting, and what you are looking for are ideas that have passed the test of time.  You should look for timeless content, not vogue content.”
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” . . . sanding . . . in a sense it is when we are worn down.  But it is much more positive than that.  Sanding represents those times in our lives when seemingly negative circumstances surround us.  It is when things grate against us.  They can be irritable if we let them be.  People . . . circumstances . . . they all perform the act of sanding . . . Most people seek comfort in their lives.  They avoid suffering and adversity.  Yet almost all people of significance and accomplishment have experienced tremendous adversity or suffering in their past.  Those times of suffering are what give us substance, and our lives meaning.  Those trials are what keep us humble and appreciative when we finally succeed . . . ‘Trials produce perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope.’  Wisdom indeed.  Yet most people run from adversity, and as a result they never learn to persevere.  Instead they learn to quit or hide. And there is no power in that . . .”
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“There are several ways to make sure we handle difficult times correctly . . . accept that these trials are a part of life and to embrace them . . . have a good attitude about life, even when things are not going well . . . seek to learn from the situations . . . find the opportunity in negative circumstances.  Every negative situation can bring a positive outcome if we look for it.  Those who are successful are those who can turn adversity into achievement.”
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“The polishing must come last.  Michelangelo would have created nothing had he just started polishing that marble.  First he had to chip, sculpt, and sand.  Only then could he begin to polish Il Gigante, thus leaving the world with his lasting work of power and beauty . . . Chip away what doesn’t belong, sculpt our lives and give them form through the people we associate with and the information we take in, allow the rough spots of our lives to be sanded away through adversity and suffering, and then, only then, are we ready to be polished . . . You should not wait until the final days of your life to shine . . . You will find many times in your life to shine, but the point is that they will always come after the other work has been done first.”
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Sharilee Guest, President and Founder
AmericaTakingAction.com National Education Network
435-753-1745
sharilee@americatakingaction.com
“The miracle is this– the more you give, the more you have.”  -Leonard Nimroy
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” -Sir Winston Churchill
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”  -Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

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