Happy Little Thoughts; A Happy Little Blog Post Dedicated Bob Ross
(October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995)
I believe the world would be a better place if we were all more like Bob Ross. He was known as the man who taught people to paint, “happy little trees” on his show, “The Joy of Painting.” Though the show was about painting, viewers were fascinated by his soothing voice and love for people, which is an impressive legacy for an ex-drill sergeant.
In addition to learning about Bob’s stint as a drill sergeant, I was surprised to learn that Bob was missing part of a finger, which he hid from the camera under his palette, htat he really did have pet squirrels and that he hated his perm, but it became too iconic to his brand and the network insisted that it stay.
I am not suggesting that we go out and get pet squirrels or a perm (unless you are into that), but I do think that it is a noble mission to pursue loving those you can no matter what your profession. From the man who says it best, I will leave you today with five happy little quotes from the surprisingly philosophical paint master himself:
1. “Go out on a limb-that’s where all the fruit is.”
2. “Anytime you learn, you gain.”
3. “We don’t make mistakes. They’re just happy little accidents.”
4. “Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you.”
5. “You need the dark in order to show the light.”
Quotes taken from “Happy Little Accidents the Wit and Wisdom of Bob Ross” compiled by Michelle Witte.