I first read the second chapter of The Artisan Soul way back in February. It is now April and the end of school is just days away. When I first read it, nothing really jumped out at me, so I chose not to write this blog post then. In truth, I did not intend to wait this long before rereading it, but I’m glad I did.
Chapter two describes finding a narrative, finding your own voice, in a world that is constantly trying to keep you from finding it. McManus talks about all the mistake he made and how they made him feel like he was not worthy. However, he eventually over came this: “It is only when our inner voice responds to God that we truly begin to find our own voice,” (59). McManus found his voice after listening to His voice.
This was critical in McManus’ journey because it led him to great things along the way. “Our inner voice not only informs us of who we are but affects everything we touch and in the end becomes the driving force through which we strive to shape the world around us,” (59). McManus shaped the world of thousands by first finding his own voice.
Although he was a bit repetitive at times, McManus really hammered home the message through using other examples, including great artists in Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso. “Who do we become when we stop allowing all the voices in our head to crowd out the one voice we must hear to come to life?” (64). Van Gogh was told he couldn’t be an artist, so he became an artist. Picasso was told if he was a soldier, he would one day become a general, if he was a priest, he may one day become a pope, but he was an artist, so he became Picasso. He defined his own narrative.
I really appreciated the closing pages of this chapter. McManus talked about how he had lost a fortune overnight in a business venture and he sunk into a depression. One of his friends gave him a piece of advice when he questioned his success. His friend said, “You have a story worth telling, and because of that the outcome is irrelevant to your success,” (66). McManus needed a reminder that he was a success, even if his business wasn’t at that time.
Overall, this chapter defined the significance of finding your story. “Our story is what we have to offer the world,” (67). McManus, like all great artists, has loads to offer the world through his story. He has touched countless lives just as the original artist did, He who created us. With this, McManus ended with a Marianas Trench level deep thought, a good place to end this post on as well: “When God speaks universes are created. What is his voice creating in you?” (67).