“There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.” —Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb, in a joint statement.

Is there such thing as good design about nothing? Or good writing about nothing? (Well, Shakespeare did write “Much Ado About Nothing”…)

Painting, design, and writing are each forms of expression. When they are used well, the result is inevitably about something.

The other edge is that when they are used poorly, the result is also inevitably about something.

Something is always expressed.

So it’s worth doing it with intention. It’s worth being honest with yourself first. It’s worth taking time to learn and practice. And it’s worth listening for feedback.

Same goes for life. There is no such thing as a good life about nothing. So it’s certainly worth trying to do it well—with intention, honesty, and the perpetual desire to grow.