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Just like so many people I woke up today and yesterday to a pretty different world. I think most of us been emotional in some ways, even us who aren't Americans. No matter who we are, and what we believe in, this election is historical in many ways....not necessarily good ways, but we have to find a way to learn and cope and be positive. I don't think America has ever been as divided as it is now...and in this divide it can be easy to forget what unites us.

I want to take this moment to say how honored I am to wake up to my third daily devotion....art has to me always been a safe haven, an escape of some sort. That I would get such a special reminder in the middle of a tumult time, means so much. Art is one thing of many that unites us....A liberal and a conservative can look at the same painting...and bond over their appreciation of it. They might even feel the same emotions looking at it...a similar nostalgia. I do think we are more similar than we think, we are all human beings, with hopes...dreams...and I do think most of us are good and want to do good.

It always does blow me away to have people appreciate what I do, it's a surreal sometimes overwhelming feeling. I have grown in confidence and courage the last year. I always been the girl painting in the corner of my room and never really showing it to anybody. Thank you so so much for this honor.... especially thank you to the talented, kind and amazing  :iconerikshoemaker: who made it happen. 

Thank you guys so much, for the love and kindness, I appreciate every single one of you.
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charenton-waltz Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
....'A liberal and a conservative can look at the same painting...and bond over their appreciation of it. They might even feel the same emotions looking at it...a similar nostalgia. I do think we are more similar than we think, we are all human beings, with hopes...dreams...and I do think most of us are good and want to do good....'

Herein lies the irony of your statement, for it is quite correct in determining that liberals and conservatives are similar, in fact they are the same - two extremes both failing by virtue of being so.

Life is about balance and those who have achieved it stand with shaken heads as those who have not, the majority, clutch desperately to labels and sides, lost to the detritus of their own folly. The world suffers more because of it.

The enlightened, learned, balanced individual is neither 'liberal' nor 'conservative'.

Keep seeking the path with open eyes and one day you will find it.
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
im happy with my path. I think it's quite possible to be either liberal or conservative and be a balanced enlightened individual. The reason I used liberal or conservative was to make a point, as it's the two sides that were battling for power in america where Trump won, and the two sides who are more divided than they ever been before. 
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charenton-waltz Featured By Owner Edited Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You're wrong. Drop the narcissism and open your eyes. If there were no extremes there would be no battle. I don't expect you to understand that yet, as you are a way away from finding that journey, as are most people, hence the extremes we see within our society.

But if you listen you will eventually learn. I know that stings at the moment but if you develop, and very few do, you will come to see that our society reflects most humans failings in their own lack of inner development.

Politics, like many things, with its right or left extremes, is merely a reflection of the failing human condition. In time, if the path opens up to you, then you will see it. You're never going to grasp that until it does. Until then you'll just have to trust me. You are currently very much part of the problem, as are most people, but I recognise you'll baulk at accepting that.
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TheSangson Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Gosh, you're so cool.
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
awww lol thanks :D
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
pretty song:)
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WhoAreYou1978 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
I'm so glad to know you in this world :hug:
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
so sweet of you to sayHeart 
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WhoAreYou1978 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
:hug:
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
Hug 
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VelvetTouches Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
More to the point, we should be thanking you for the pure delight which you bring to our lives with every single deviation which you submit. Many congratulations.
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
you are too too kind dearHeart 
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TheKei Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats !!! You are truly an inspiration :)
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
awww thank you love!Love 
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TheKei Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and I'm still in stock with the result. Now I know anything can happen. But what we all can do is just hope for the best to come.
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iannoylucy Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Professional Photographer
i completly agree! And congrats!!
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
awww thank you!Love 
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Livius70 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We love your art, because it is so unique and strange (in a good way) and beautiful ! Nod 
As for the elections in the U.S.A., I think the result was a shock for everybody on that planet ! :) Let's hope that wouldn't have tragic consequences for the World peace !
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
im so glad to hear that!Heart  Yes absolutely, I am still in shock...but I do hope with all of my heart that the damage will be as minimum as possible...
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Rowye Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016   Digital Artist
Congratulations on your very well deserved DD, I'm happy that you decided to show the world what you do in that corner. :D :heart:
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
you are too sweet, thank you!Love 
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Rowye Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016   Digital Artist
You're most welcome! :)
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
Hug Heart 
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bjnorberg Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Grattis!! :heart:
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
awww tackar!:D
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Greencap3000 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I am an American and I didn't vote for any of the candidates, because I felt responsible to my own people and the world.... Both of them are corrupt :(... but at the end we'll get by this and there is always a better tomorrow :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 

Your Art and style is amazing. I really love them Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
thank you so much, so very kind of you! I believe in optimism and standing united, even if we are unhappy with something...we can work towards a brighter futureHeart 
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Greencap3000 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
Love Heart Heart 
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Greencap3000 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Heart 
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pjenz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congratulations on your DD, much deserved :heart:  As far as the divide in my country, we have to pull together and support the people's choice.  It is time for a change in our country, for too long, our government has been riddled with political favors, politicians who can be bought, accepting everyone and funding everyone who is not American in their dreams, while leaving our young, and our vets suffering and living in poverty under bridges.  We need someone who will bring our jobs back, make our country rich and strong again.  There is so much hatred going right now and people are forgetting we are a democracy and as Americans, we need to support the power of the people, and accept change.  I for one think the change is good
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
Thank you I appreciate that! I'm personally not against change, I think most people feel the same. But people believe in different kind of change. And when people believe so differently, it will naturally create a divide, and that's when it's important to not forget what unites us. I respect democracy, and I truly with all of my heart hope the best for every country and every person in the world. 
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pjenz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it will unite us, but, as with any change, whether big or small, it will take some time.  In this case, the change is so great, it may take a little longer, but I think he can do it, and I think we will be stronger for it
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
while I think differently I can say that I hope i'm wrong, cause that's something I believe most of us have in common...we want the best for the world. For our family. For ourselves. For our neighbors. We just believe in taking different paths in order to get there. We have to be able to respect those that feel differently than us though, and I hope that's something we can improve on in the world. 
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pjenz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
we are all alike in that respect, we want our families to be safe and happy, we are no different.  It upsets me when I see all the divides all over the world.  IT doesnt matter where you come from, everyone wants the same thing, to be safe, healthy and happy and they want that for their families.  People seem to forget that when start hating on other races, or ethnic backgrounds
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
Absolutely. Everyone deserves the same chances in this world, everyone's dreams are just as precious and all human being's (and puppies, i love puppies :D) have the exact same valueHeart 
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pjenz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol who doesnt love puppies??? lol and your absolutely right :heart:
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
I completely judge a person by her/his like/dislike for puppies and I aint even ashamed of it :D 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a good thing you show your art to the world now! :) congrats! :D
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
awwww thank you Erik, you are too kind!Heart 
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snoogaloo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
congrats!
you totally deserve much recognition!! :icondragonnod1:
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
thank you, so sweet of you!Love 
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snoogaloo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
you're so welcome! :huggle:
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Heart Heart 
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:) Thumbs Up Thumbs Up 
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Congratulations :iconcheerplz:
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
thank you so much!Love 
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