Many moons ago, I had the crazy habit of creating free desktop wallpapers with my own set of short but sweet inspirational quotes. Little did I know that these free desktop wallpapers would outlast most of the content on the old version of IAMTHELAB.com. In fact, if it weren’t for the creative folks over at Brit + Co., I would have probably forgotten about them all together. However, I still get the occasional hit from over there, so I thought it might be a good idea to update them and offer the set again to IAMTHELAB readers. So, here you go! Share them, put them on your desktop, be inspired and keep making! You can download the free desktop wallpapers here or at the link at the bottom of the page. Also, I included an excerpt from the best thing I’ve ever written about creativity. You can read my entire diatribe here.
Why Creativity Matters
Why does creativity matter? It matters because every time that brilliant spark of energy erupts from your mind and travels through your nervous system, out to fingers and on to page or canvas or clay, it reminds you that you are alive. In that moment something compels you to stitch together thoughts and ideas into something new, even if it’s just new to you. Not content to bounce in the confines of your mind, something propels you forward and outward, making a little dent in the space around you. Shapes become sculpture and colors become art, ripping away the stillness and disturbing the silence, because the urge is too great to leave to thought; it must be expressed and impressed on the world around you.
Creativity matters because there are days when the world seems to be turning inside out and those in charge continue to dominate to the injury of everyone is earshot and eyesight. In those moments, the disappointment turns into music; the madness makes way for the magic of momentum and the luscious brush strokes of art and sound. In every way you become a little bit more bones and blood and sweat; more human. Every tear brings change, sometimes imperceptible until the flow becomes so fierce that something will most definitely be born to life today. Your hands will find a way to take the turmoil and transform it into something tangible, and your will mostly surely will morph into willpower and wonder. (Read the rest here.)