"Somewhere I heard a story about Michelangelo's pushing a huge piece of rock down a street. A curious neighbor sitting lazily on the porch of his house called to him and inquired why he labored so over an old piece of stone.
Michelangelo is reported to have answered,
"Because there is an angel in that rock that wants to come out."
Every person has the task of releasing angels by shaping and transfiguring the raw materials that lie about [us]....
How we do this...is determined by the discovery and the use of our gifts."
--Elizabeth O'Connor, Journey Inward, Journey Outward