Unfinished Masterpiece

“Life is the canvas. Tints of gray may cover bright tones trying to come through. Be patient with the process. The reason will one day be clear. The work is unfinished. The story is incomplete. In the end, the result is a masterpiece.”-Julie Barbera

Author and Life Coach

"You don't have to be perfect to make a difference. Stay real and shine. You're a masterpiece."-Julie Barbera
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Yesterday my 13-year-old son Sebastian ran up to me with an inspiring message. Perhaps he knew I needed some encouragement. Whatever the case, I was enlightened.

He stated, “Whenever an artist is painting a picture, it never starts out perfect. There are asymmetrical blobs of blue, green and orange paint. As you watch, you ask yourself, How will this create a beautiful landscape? The final product begins to unfold. As time goes on, you see how every blob of paint turned what was once an empty canvas into a masterpiece.”

Sebastian is a very talented artist. He can relate to the process involved in creating a work of art. His accuracy, creativity and attention to detail are impressive. But I’m even more impressed with his understanding of this profound concept.

The canvas of our lives is colored with many shades of blue, green and…

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