Dec 052012

We live in a culture that resents limits. Where we tell our kids, “You can be anything you want to be; you can do anything you set your mind to.”

But my brother is very colorblind and cannot become a pilot. I have food allergies that limit where and what I can eat. Asthma, allergies, height, eyesight, the need for sleep and food, all place limits on our lives.

And our choices limit us even more.

I choose to be a stay-at-home mom which limits us financially. Choices regarding schooling, relationships, careers and where we live also place limits around us.

It’s not that many limits can’t, or shouldn’t, be overcome.

It’s that perhaps we should stop acting like limits are beyond us. Like we’re superhuman.

Perhaps we should be grateful for what limits can do for us. For the humility they bring. For the dependance on others they foster. For the grace they imply.

Are there any limits you’re grateful for?

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  4 Responses to “On Being Grateful for Limits”

  1. Limits can be powerful because they demonstrate that we are dependent on others. The boundaries in our lives create awesome power. The river is limited by its banks, and yet that’s what creates the rushing power. And, today, for the limits I see in my life, I will take time and be thankful for them.

  2. I have to give myself limits sometimes! If everything is a possibility the choices can be overwhelming. Recently I dusted off our budget and tried to get a handle on all the things that have been slipping through the cracks. Just imposing the self-discipline on myself to try to stick to a budget instead of just spending willy-nilly actually brought a great sense of relief. My options were limited by resources. It felt nice. I was thinking about that related to my kids, actually, how sometimes having some limits imposed is comforting.

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