It was the eve of a new month. My sixteen-year old daughter and I were talking about our goals for the upcoming month. I started sharing some new rituals I was going to introduce into my routine. She was talking about her goals and the ideas she was generating to make them happen. Then I said I want to be abundant and not obsessive about the things I want to do and try.
I asked her how she wanted to be in the upcoming month.
She paused and thought for a second and said, “I want to be like Bob Ross.”
I asked her how does being like Bob Ross look and feel. She said let’s watch him. So we watched one of his painting shows. We LOVED watching him. Our puppy, Honey, loved him too! We were mesmerized, we smiled and laughed and even felt inspired!
If you haven’t watched him or don’t know who he is go to Youtube and pull one up; you wont be sorry.
Here are a few of our takeaways from Bob Ross:
Letting go of mistakes or unplanned events and reframing life’s curve balls as ‘happy accidents’ can make things better! Making mistakes means you are trying, you are doing hard things, you are out of your comfort zone, you are trying. Don’t beat yourself up. It is just a happy accident.
Visual. Then off you go.
Visualizing is an awesome tool when working toward something whether it is a big dream, a small goal, an interaction or an experience. Visual then set yourself free! Lighten up. Keep it simple.
Talk to the colors.
My personal favorite is he talks to the colors like they are his friends. He says, “I will be right back”, when he goes to use a different color. It might sound over the top but for me it was a feeling of consideration, respect and reassurance. We should do this for everything in our lives, even colors!
His cool afro, calming voice and easy going painting tips have much to offer.
Let’s be like Bob Ross: creative, relaxed, simple and goal directed, present and considerate.
Lighten up on yourself.
Happy Trees. Happy Life.
Off I go….Erin
PS: For all the teachers reading this, play Bob Ross in your art area for your children. They will love him and learn some techniques. He is like the Fred Rogers of painting!