"We don't make mistakes. We make happy accidents."

It's L.A.T.E. It's the end of a loooong day. And Bob Ross is on public TV. I just can't sleep yet. . . the 'tap tap tap' of his paintbrush, his same old dirty brush, is hypnotic. He's on his third--no, fourth color for some landscape with a happy little sky and I'm reminded of these few peaceful 'Bob Ross' moments from childhood after Mister Roger's Neighborhood was over and no one noticed I was still watching TV, watching the show in which a man with curly hair styled into a huge monstrosity of hair spoke so gently, so expertly, as a sage would, about his same old dirty brush and somehow, it was impossible for him to make a mistake. Apparently 'mistakes' don't exist in his happy little world.

"Tap that brush, tap it."..."And you can change the lay of the land, just like that."

What if you just tapped your pen, just tap it. Right now! And doing that would inspire you to new heights. Would you do it?

In this rebroadcast of a Bob Ross painting episode he tells how he spent over half his life in the military and when he was done for the day, he would go home and paint and everything was right again. He could create any world he chose.

Then he takes some bright red, brown, dark sienna, and a little touch of white, and using the edge of the knife, he creates happy little shingles on the happy little, old, tired (little) building. This man is the legendary example of the process of discovery. Create - ing art; because sometimes it isn't what you want to create. It is something else. You don't determine what the happy little shed looks like, it determines what it looks like.

The man has his color palette, a few paint brushes and a paint knife, a canvas, his signature shirts and that hair! The background is most likely a black curtain. As far as I can tell there are two, maybe three cameras. The man kept it simple. As I write this, he says, "It sure doesn't take much."

Well, all right then, Bob Ross! The man who makes trees his friends, who makes up stories and talks to the trees he paints. "Where does the tree live in your world?" he asks. He encourages the audience to create and not to worry if anyone else thinks they're abnormal or crazy. Then he says, "If I acted normal, nobody would know me." So don't act normal. If you acted normal, nobody would know you.

Tap your pen. Tap your brush. Create a happy little shed on a happy little canvas with a happy little sky in the background.

Create a happy little just-for-you. Your inner voice is calling out for that happy little just-for-you.