"Don't only practice your art,
But force your way into its secrets,
For it and knowledge can raise men to The Divine. "
- Ludwig van Beethoven
I think that those are very strong words coming from a man who so deeply delved into his own personal art. When I first read them, it struck a chord somewhere in my soul and I felt the divine truth behind them. I believe that is one of the reasons we are here on this earth, to become the absolute best we can be. To be uniquely individual. There is no other person in this world who can do what you or I need to do.
I feel we need to spend this life forcing our way into the secrets of who we are and what we have the potential to become.
All too often I think I forget that. There are so many influences in the world telling me what I need to look and act like, how I need to speak and dress, and to trade what I am for what they want me to be.
I have found that when I ignore all of those voices and focus on what my Heavenly Father wants me to be and then strive to live the best life I can, those are the times when I am happiest. Those are the times when I feel like I can truly do anything. I thank my Father in heaven for showing me his love and for letting me see my self they way HE sees me.