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Monday Mottoes – #86

Leonardo-da-Vinci1We visited an art museum last week as part of the kids’ spring break. It got me to thinking about some of the great artists, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, perhaps not a genius, but extremely knowledgeable in many regards: musician, painter, sculptor, writer, anatomist, engineer, mathematician, botanist, scientist, architect, and inventor. Plus, he painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Born on April 15, 1452, Leonardo was “from Vinci”, a village outside of Florence, Italy. Untitled1He was born to unmarried parents and began apprenticing to the artist Verrocchio when Leonardo turned 15. Standing 6 feet 4 inches in height, unusual for that era, Da Vinci lived to the ripe age of 67 and had much to say about life.

Which brings us to today’s motto about work:

th“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.” ~Leondardo Da Vinci

This quote from the one who changed the traditional Virgin-and-Child-themed painting from being part of the overall picture to now being front-and-center. As part of the Renaissance revolution in painting, he used linear perspective, perspective of clarity, and perspective of color.

In other words, he knew what should take priority and what should be distant and muted. This clarity of vision set him apart.

And what about us? Does our work and our life purpose connect and intersect and bolster each other? What should we place at the center of our painting called life?

Think about it. Clarify your vision. No zig-zagging allowed.

Happy Monday, everyone!

 

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