As I said to Andrea and Jean in the comments on the previous post, I seem to need to do a realistic version of a subject before I can start exploring more abstractly. But I also just like the act of painting; it's absorbing, challenging, and fun; the hours go by and I hardly notice them.
What do you like to do that's absorbing in that way? I read an article recently called "12 Things Happy People Do Differently" -- a rather annoying title, since we all do some of these things some of the time -- but most of what it said rang true. Engaging often in "Flow Experiences"-- those activities that really absorb us and take us out of ourselves and our small, worried minds -- was one of the twelve points. For me, art, music, cooking, and gardening can all be like that; skiing used to be too; writing is sometimes, but tends to feel more like work. What are yours?
Here's the list from the article. I'd add another one: "Don't try to change other people."
- Express gratitude.
- Cultivate optimism.
- Avoid over-thinking and social comparison.
- Practice acts of kindness.
- Nurture social relationships.
- Develop strategies for coping.
- Learn to forgive.
- Increase flow experiences.
- Savor life's joys.
- Commit to your goals.
- Practice spirituality.
- Take care of your body.