Authentically Vulnerable

Another week, another go-round at The Sandbox . This weeks challenge is:

What makes you feel vulnerable?

As always, remember to include the link to this post on YOUR blog post. Or if your response isn’t overly long, feel free to leave it in the comment section below. And please feel free to interpret the prompt however you wish: memoirs, poems, pictures, etc.

If you would like to see the previous prompts, they’re listed in the menu at the top of the blog in The Sandbox Writing Challenge. But please feel free to just jump in wherever we are at the moment! After all, the prompts are really for YOU to get to know YOURSELF. (Posts from past prompts you wish to tackle will always be added to the current week’s challenge page.)

So if you don’t mind BEING vulnerable, what is IT or the THINGS that make you feel vulnerable?


As I was sitting here at my desk writing this piece, I heard a noise. Something fell.

I looked out my front window, nothing. I then opened the curtains on my back sliders and well….my heart broke….I took this first picture this morning….

And here’s what the noise was 😢 now talk about feeling vulnerable…I was cutting the grass this morning…..thank goodness it didn’t decide to fall while I was under it!!!!

Ok… now back to my original post.

While Sharing anything I write Always brings with it a huge sense of vulnerability, it’s the sharing of my grief and pain, and inner darkness that really leaves me feeling open and raw and vulnerable……and yet, by honestly admitting my truths to myself and then sharing them, I set myself free. It’s always been my hope since I first started ‘writing’ my poetry, that my words would touch others in some way……later on, as I began my first expedition digging in the ‘Sandbox’, my hope was, and still is, that by being honest with myself, I could possibly heal that which was broken inside of me, and whilst I was healing and mending via finding my voice through my words..maybe, just maybe, my words could help someone else in some small way.

And if that isn’t enough to have me feeling open and vulnerable, just this morning I was asked to be an administrator/editor for the private FB writers group!!! And my recent poem was shared to the group. I got a belly full of dragonflies, I can tell you!! I’m humbled to be included and I look forward to the workshop. I know I’ll be going in full throttle, ready to open and expose and share what I have inside. What I have, deep inside, mixed in with my vulnerable side, is a survivor and a thriver….mix that trinity with a whole lot of courage and creativity and I just may come up with something good……so let’s bring it on 👊

22 thoughts on “Authentically Vulnerable

  1. Oh yes Linda, thank you for lovely insightful post. That’s exactly how I am, feeling vulnerable about sharing my grief and inner darkness. For me it’s been a wonderful journey of discovery, and I’m enjoying the experience of opening myself up through my writings/poems, and I think overall my poems have been good therapy during my healing process over these last 6 years. Yep, just keep on writing Linda xxx

  2. There is a sense of freedom that comes from admitting to your vulnerability. While none of us want to be seen as invalids, it’s great to be able to say “That tough act is just a defensive game I play. Look, here are the cracks I’ve been hiding. They’re pretty wide, but most of the time, that’s OK.”

    You might think I’m weird for mentioning this, but I’ve just noticed that the sunset has turned some of the sky green. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before, and it just happens that I spotted it while messaging you, so it seems appropriate to tell you.

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  4. Know that you always DO help others with your words. You’ve always helped me. And this particular challenge is so vast, and covers so many areas in life which can leave us quaking in our boots. But you’re courage, and ability to pull yourself up by your boot straps is so important to progress. And congrats on being asked to be admin and editor for a group like that.

    Hugs and blessings, Linda


  5. Just recently someone commented on how ‘together’ and strong I am. For some reason in this instance instead of just saying yes I replied ‘don’t be deceived’. My friend seemed surprised & asked what did I mean. I said I would tell him again (I was surprised also). I can identify with the words survivor and creativity but being a thriver seems to add a richness to your healing process. I definitely need to further reflect.
    Thanks for sharing Linda 🙂

  6. Hi Linda,
    Been reviewing my journals this morning and came across a reference to this challenge. I hadn’t realised I had made so many comments on it.
    I think bit by bit I am opening up to people about my vulnerabilities ( people I feel safe with). Watch this space! ❤️

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