The Secret to Happiness…


As I was making this quote/art image my 12-year-old daughter read the quote over my shoulder and then asked me; “Well then, what’s the secret to courage?” I said; “The secret to courage is doing the thing(s) that scare you, despite the fear/voices in your head telling you that you can’t.” And she said; “Well, what if that’s really hard?” And I said; “Well, that is why we practice again and again and again. And that practice makes being courageous easier.”

Incidentally, the background art for this quote is a little 5″ x 7″ Deb Chaney original that is available for  And if you are looking for a great way to safely practice being courageous, may I suggest an abstract painting workshop?  I’ve got 4 coming up this year. Workshop Schedule is at