I heard this story when I was in Rome, Italy with my dad, Dr. Dick Versendaal. We taught Contact Reflex Analysis at the annual conference for the Association of Italian Chiropractors. One of the days I took a train up to Florence to see Michelangelo’s statue of David.
Never had I dreamed that a statue could impact my heart as did this one.
As I looked up at David, a large magnificent, powerful statue soaring above me, my heart overflowed. I couldn’t wait to tell my dad what I learned and discovered.
“Dad, you are like Michelangelo!”
He had no idea what I was talking about.
I told him about how a beautiful slab of marble that started out with a noble purpose was ruined and abandoned for twenty-five years. It was considered worthless until Michelangelo, who was only 26 years old, convinced superiors to grant him the commission to sculpt the statue.
In just over two years, the soaring, glorious statue of David was complete.
My dad still had no idea how he was like Michelangelo.
“You do with your patients what Michelangelo did with marble.”
When Michelangelo was asked how he was able to create these beautiful statues, he gave this powerful answer:
“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”