In defense of paint by number

“Paint by Number” is often used as a metaphor for lacking in creativity, imagination, and uniqueness. Although I can see where that may be true, I love paint by number all the same.

There is simplicity and order in paint by number. Put the paint from the bottle marked #2 in the spot marked #2. I love that!!!! There is attention to detail. There is persistence.

Each day (or more accurately whenever I feel like it) I come back and do a little bit. It’s not meditating in the traditional sense, but I do find I can drop into a meditative state, relaxed, with not much on my mind, except of course making sure that I am putting the paint from the bottle marked #2 in the spot marked #2.

And so it is.

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