A boundary is a dividing line that separates two things.
An example is a property line. You own on what’s on one side of the line, your neighbor owns what is on the other side of that line. It is a clear distinction that allows you both to know who is responsible for what.
Personal boundaries do the same thing. They separate you from everyone else. They allow you to accept responsibility ONLY for the things YOU are responsible for. And they allow you to let other people take care of their own responsibilities.
This is Part 1 of 2 in a series about personal boundaries.
This week, we cover:
What they are
Why they matter
How to recognize when yours are being violated
Next week, Part 2 will cover some potential risks and the benefits associated with enforcing your personal boundaries.
If you feel a lack in your relationships, perhaps rather than waiting for them to call you when they have time to meet, you can call them, I challenge you to be pro-active and start scheduling times to meet with friends and family members.
Episodes that were mentioned into day’s edition of Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling.
During life’s tough times, instead of pulling away and thinking no one cares or needs to be burdened by your challenges, reach out to accept a hand in support.
Likewise, when a friend is going through tough times, be attentive, kind, and compassionate. Your job is not to fix their situation, but to witness, listen to, and support them. You can do this without feeling pulled down or sucked into their “drama,” by using a simple energy clearing technique, I share in this episode.