We all love these types of quotes because anything we can do to make our lives better is welcome into our own lives. The simpler the quote, the better. Our lives are often too complicated with so much information that it’s nice to get a new perspective from someone who spends their life simplifying. But not everything is as it seems. So here is a list of Bob Ross quotes that should make your life better, but may not always work out that way.
1. I think each of us, sometime in our life, has wanted to paint a picture.
We may not be able to paint, but wanting to is an entirely different thing. Sometimes we paint the picture in our minds, avoiding the brush and settling for the mental image. Personally, when I watch these “see how easy it is to paint this” television shows it only increases my aggravation level. But I did want to paint a picture.
2. The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.
This is patent nonsense. But it is true if you change the conditions of the test. For example, if you really believe you can dunk a basketball and are only 5 feet tall, you may not be able to do it on a 10 foot high rim. But lower the rim (change the conditions) and you can. But believing is not always reality.
3. Water’s like me. It’s lazy. Boy, it always looks for the easiest way to do things.
I don’t think many people stop to think just how much effort is required to exert the least amount of effort to get a job done. The ultimate state of laziness more than likely requires the greatest amount of effort. Somehow that doesn’t seem right.
4. Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you.
This is one dimension of “life’s too short.” Many people think their lives will be lived and it will all end on nice clean hospital sheets in a comfy bed. The uncomfortable truth is that the lives of those who are closest to us often end unexpectedly. Saying the things we wanted to tell them is no longer possible. So don’t forget.
5. You need the dark in order to show the light.
This is one of those quotes that apply to painting but not real life. From a physics point of view, darkness is the absence of light – it will always drive out the darkness. In life, I don’t need darkness to understand light. I’m happy with the light.
6. We don’t really know where this goes — and I’m not sure we really care.
We need to learn that we cannot change the past and we cannot predict the future. That leaves us with the here and now, and whether you like where you’re at now there is always the possibility of change. Stop fretting about where you’re going and enjoy the journey. You really don’t have much control of the future anyway.
7. It’s life. It’s interesting. It’s fun.
Children understand this very easily, but as we grow older we turn into people who are too serious about most things. This piece of advice ends with fun, which is how we should look at life while we can. Just remember fun is funner with two or more people.
8. Anytime you learn, you gain.
What you learn is yours to have and to hold. No one can take it away from you. But learning is not just about knowing stuff. Its real value is when you apply it to your life – and that is where the gain comes in. Just remember learning follows the 20-80 rule: 20 percent of everything you do is based on 80 percent of everything you know.
9. That’s a crooked tree. We’ll send him to Washington.
Not everything requires an explanation.
10. Find freedom on this canvas.
Bob Ross finds his freedom on the physical, artsy canvas, and if we can, we should. But don’t limit your canvas to a 10 x 16 physical object. Sometimes that canvas will be the one no one will ever see.
What quotes and perspectives like these should do is to give us pause to think about life, love, and the general direction of our lives.