On a recent walk, I came across an intricate, wrought iron gate. Curiosity piqued, I couldn’t help but wonder why there’s a gate with no fence.
Whatever the property owner is hoping to secure seems lost on the fact that anyone can simply walk around it. To my way of thinking, a gate without a fence isn’t an effective boundary.
When it comes to people, there are many types of boundaries: personal, professional, relational, social, ethical, etc. Boundaries are internal and external personal lines that we draw. They delineate where our — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual — space ends, and where another’s may begin. They help us:
- Stand up for ourselves
- Keep us from doing things we shouldn’t
- Protect and take care of ourselves
A version of this post was previously published on TuesdaysWithLaurie and is republished here with permission from the author.
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Photo credit: Laurie Buchanan