Benefit of (the) Doubt pt. 2

We are all creative. I think it is a common misconception that you are either born creative or not. To even be reading this right now, to put sentences together, to gather meaning from words takes a degree of creativity. It isn’t just artist, musicians, poets, or so-called “creatives” that take on creativity. My Dad is an engineer along with two of my roommates. To problem solve, find simple solutions to complex problems, to figure out which equation to use, is creative. So let’s talk about healthy creativity.

Grounded in Health and Love

As discussed in part one of this series, doubt can lead to a better understanding of reality, and develop a greater sense of wonder. When I consider the more angsty and “darker” works of art — I don’t know if I am moved as much as I once was. Yes, there are incredible works of art that speak on behalf of being human and the troubles that come with it, but what makes these works so wonderful is the undertone of hope and love. You cannot have a beautiful piece of creativity or solution if you are not rooted in love. If you are too distracted of what people might think, or if all your energy is gone, and you are not mindful of your feelings then you are simply regurgitating that into your creativity. It is when you are present with yourself, taking care of yourself, seeking wonder through the avenue of love for yourself, and others, that beauty will take place. No longer will you come off as dark and brooding (although this may be a part of the healing process) but as a hope that shows that our reality is hopefully bent towards unity.

The Process

The process of doubt is usually not a fun track to be on. However, it is necessary if you want to progress and grow. To live in the dissonance and wonder of our time is where true creativity can begin to flourish. Hope can be found within the doubt. Hope is always there, it is not something you can create, but something you can uncover. Stephen King talks about it this way — “Stories are found things, like fossils in the ground… Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered, pre-existing world.” So let us find these stories of hope, love, and humanity. Let us question and doubt the standards placed on our society today. May we move forward into a world that sees no borders. A world that seeks out the hurting and marginalized poeple groups. A world that does not allow presidencies to spew out white supremacy propaganda. Enjoy the process of doubt. It is through the times we seem to be confused, hurt, and walking with our eyes closed that we will eventually come to see the interconnectedness of it all. 


As we have been talking about creativity, I thought it would be a fun idea to share some of my own poetry that has been on my mind recently. So for the next blog, I will share some of my work which might interest a few or none at all haha! I think the two poems I will share, along with the intention behind them, are rooted in a few different places that I’d like to explore with y’all. Looking forward to it!

Be free in the present,

Trace Maddox

One thought on “Benefit of (the) Doubt pt. 2

  1. Without hope we have nothing. Without hope we fear. Fear freezes our creativity. Fear stops progress. Hope gives us another day, another try. So “let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful” Hebrews 10:23


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