Sculpture of man's face

For your new year’s resolution, what sculpting can you commit to?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve thought of personal growth as an act of painting, filling in blank spots and covering up warts on my canvas. I keep trying to add to what’s there.

Maybe personal growth is more like a sculpture: the art is not to fill in or cover up, but to chip away at and hone what’s already there to more fully reveal myself.

When I paint, I find myself muddled, confused, busy. When I sculpt, I find myself with more space and clarity on what really matters most.

For your new year’s resolution, what sculpting can you commit to? What distraction can you let go of so that your true self can come out into the light a little further?

Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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