Beautifully Sculpted


I am going to Florence to meet David, who is, perhaps, the epitome of Renaissance humanism. Larger than life, he stands confident, and cold, in the Galleria dell’ Accademia: a prime example of what inspired man can create.

While most of us couldn’t whittle a decent walking stick, our lives are works of art: finer than any painting ever nailed to a gallery wall. Though our bodies may not be sculpted quite like David’s, the way we live shapes the lives of others; and therefore, our lives shape the world.

If running a marathon builds something beautiful in your life, then it would be a waste to not do it. If exercise and healthy eating help you to be a better person inside, then don’t hold back. As for me, running helps me to shape exquisite relationships with those I love.

There is a painting in the Louvre that covers an entire wall. “The Wedding Feast at Cana” is so enormous, you have to rub elbows with Mona Lisa to take it all in. When you draw near, you see the minutia: everything from the rich cloth of the bride’s gown, to the tiny dog on the table.

Each of us has been given a portion of the grand mural. No doubt we sometimes have to paint a new layer over our earlier work. But while we live and breathe, there is still time to create a masterpiece.


Miles: Thursday 0.

Overall feeling: I’ve been concerned about going on vacation because frankly, just strolling down the sidewalk in Italy can be dangerous. So, I don’t know if I’ll do much running. But Chapter 13 of The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer says it’s okay if you miss a run (or a few). I should be able to jump back into the training schedule.

I’ll just have to wait and see what the terrain is like in Tuscany!



3 responses »

  1. I love this. I love that painting. I stood there, in awe, for a very long time. I like both of the wall sized paintings in that room far better than the Mona Lisa herself. You analogy of each of us painting a portion of the grand mural of world history is perfect… as is the recognition of the need to sometimes paint over a portion… which the grand masters did on a regular basis.

    Keep running. Keep writing. And eat some dangerous gelato for me… and bread, and pasta, and that cheap local wine that is to die for… wish we were going with you.

    Hugs, my friend.


  2. Keri, we really enjoyed this posting. Your description of the painting couldn’t have been better. I also love the way you speak of us as all part of a mural, able to improve ourselves by covering ourselves with new paint (personal growth, spiritual development?)

    I know that you all will have a wonderful time exploring and just being together.

    Love and Hugs,

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