Date: 10/30/2020
Author: Mike Kelley
Title: Mike's Minute

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
-Hebrews 10:36

We often think of great artists and musicians as having “bursts” of genius and inspiration. More often, they are models of painstaking patience. Their greatest works tend to have been accomplished over long periods of time, and often through extreme hardships.

Beethoven reportedly rewrote each bar of his music at least a dozen times.

Josef Haydn produces more than 800 musical compositions before writing “The Creation,” the piece that made him famous.

Michelangelo’s “Last Judgment” is considered one of the twelve master paintings of the ages. It took him eight years to complete. He produced more than 2,000 sketches and renderings in the process.

Leonardo da Vinci worked on “The Last Supper” for ten years, often working so diligently that he forgot to stop and eat.

When he was elderly, the pianist Ignace Paderewski was asked by an admirer, “Is it true that you still practice every day?” He replied, “Yes, at least six hours a day.” The admirer said in awe, “You must have a world of patience.” Paderewski said, “I have no more patience than the next fellow. I just use mine.”