The Masterpiece

You might relate with a dilemma in which I often find myself. I struggle in an effort to create something that I would consider a masterpiece. It’s not about perfection. That’s something I gave up years ago. Instead, it’s about creating something great, the kind of work that is worthy of being written about in the history books.

Have you ever wanted to write the kind of book that would land on the shelves with the classics? Have you longed to paint something that could hang in the Metropolitan Museum of Art? For me, it’s musical. I have a deep longing to create a piece of music that people would consider a masterpiece and still be played in 50, 100, 200 years.

So how can we reach the illusive goal of creating our masterpiece?

1. Stop Focusing on Your Masterpiece

You might ask how one might create a masterpiece without focusing on it. It’s quite simple. Just keep creating. When you focus on getting everything exactly right, you get too caught up in the process. You also get too caught up in yourself. The harder we try to overcome something, the more resistance we seem to find. It’s no different with creativity.

Artists have an idea in their head about what their masterpiece should be. If we focus on our expectations, we’ll never create the masterpiece we are destined to create. Art rarely, if ever meets our expectations. That means you need to give up any idea of what your masterpiece will be. This allows you the freedom to create.

2. You Are the Masterpiece

I don’t often write about God, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t think about how God fits into the topic of creativity. Human beings are pretty amazing creatures. I’m not sure you have to believe in a God to come to that conclusion.

Put two and two together and it’s easy to come to the conclusion that you are the masterpiece. You have already been created as a masterpiece. That means that everything you create has the potential to be a masterpiece.

Obviously, not everything we create is a great work of art. The key is to continually use and hone our talents. Be patient. We were created as a masterpiece, so the ability to create something great is within us. Our job is to continue to create. One day you might just discover that you unexpectedly created a masterpiece. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.