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Stop and Paint the Roses

"Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art." -Neil Gaiman
 
There is something to be said about stopping to smell the roses, but what about painting them instead?
 
When life becomes so overwhelming that cherishing the little things is near impossible, it helps to ground yourself in reality.
 
But reality isn't just what you see.
 
It is also what you hear, what you smell, what you taste, and what you feel.
 
Painting the roses is a more all-encompassing experience that allows you to work through all of the memories and emotions tied to them.
 
Now, these don't have to be literal roses. Your subject matter can be anything your heart desires.
 
Take control of the reality in your mind by locating the turmoil and turning it into motivation. Work through it with a brush, translating the emotions into various brushstrokes and color choices. And finally, reach a sense of closure with a finished piece that memorializes your struggle, your hurt, and your grief.
 
I promise you will come out the other side more at peace than you started if you will stop just smelling the roses and take the time to paint them.
 
 
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