Vulnerability

This morning I found a blog post from one of Painfully Hopeful’s readers, Kelly Griffiths. This isn’t unusual, as I subscribe to Kelly’s blog 1, but this morning’s post was a bit of a celebration. A piece she’d written had been published in The Forge Literary Magazine. I’m always excited for friends and acquaintances who are able to see a piece of work published, so this morning’s blog post caught my attention right away.

The post itself is entitled “The Boots,” and is a compelling narrative about a little girl living with her father after a divorce. What makes it more compelling is knowing “The Boots” is non-fiction, she was the little girl! This is the type of vulnerable authenticity that makes for great writing, and this isn’t anything new for Kelly. In recent months she blogged through her recovery from brain surgery and her readers were privileged to take that journey with her.

I search for beautiful things in the world, it’s one of the reasons why I love photography 2. Good writers are able to able to make even pain beautiful, because they are able to show how pain can lead to growth. Kelly’s given her readers that gift, and for that I am thankful.


  1. So should you. 
  2. And why I tend to not photograph people, I’m an anti-social introvert. 
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