Today’s prompt – “Vulnerability”
This is a tough one for most people, I know this because it is for me. Please only publish your work IF YOU FEEL 100% COMFORTABLE TO DO SO. There’s no looking bad in my eyes if you don’t, I understand, I really do.
Without vulnerability what would we be ? How could we relate to each other and how would we know when something is wrong ? Well basically we wouldn’t be human beings if we didn’t have vulnerability, more mere robots.
Genuine intimacy and genuine creativity I think involve elements of vulnerability. Also, accepting our vulnerability and being OK with it I think are part of a foundation of happiness. Add to that there’s strength and courage in knowing one’s limitations, Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry intimated to this – “A Man’s Got To Know His Limitations”
For MANY people our vulnerabilities have of been hurt in lots of different ways. Could be a parent that didn’t care and ignored our need for warmth and love, or even abandoned us. Could be having been humiliated. There are many different ways we get hurt. Most kids will have had the things they are most sensitive about at least “roughly treated”, at worst suffered extreme cruelty. In my experience this is more the norm than the exception.
It’s generally why people are often evasive and defensive about themselves. It’s also often where anger comes from, we perceive an attack on our vulnerability. Fear for similar reasons.
ALSO don’t forget there’s nothing wrong with protecting oneself, it’s NORMAL and ORDINARY. I would always advise people to only share what they are comfortable sharing for this reason. Personal security is paramount.
I’d recommend having a lot of kindness for yourself if you want to do this prompt, it’s not an easy one.
DO – Sit, walk, lay down, whichever is preferable. Think of something that you personally feel sensitive about, a vulnerability, something that hurts when people poke fun at or something you’re afraid of. Try and be with the defending emotion, for example anger or fear, if there is one. If you are able to let go and move past that emotion, try and be with the vulnerability that comes up underneath. Take care of yourself, like loving parent would a child. I know it’s not easy, so be patient and don’t force anything. It usually takes time also. Patience can often work miracles, be patient with yourself.
IF YOU FEEL YOU WANT TO – THEN DO DO, BUT ONLY PUBLISH IF YOU FEEL 100% COMFORTABLE TO DO SO :
Write about it. Design it. Draw it. Paint it. Photograph it. Compose it. Play it. Whatever it. Publish it. Job Done.
Do it because you want to try something new, learn something, not for a reward. Pingback me and leave a comment with the link to your work.
“Give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime”
Resources & Sources
Kitten – morgueFile.com
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