As a child my mother would excessively tell me, “respect your boundaries.” I hated it. What space was she talking about? I’m a child, get me out of this box!
In the end, this simple philosophy helped define my character:
As I begin to explore eastern philosophy, I believe my mother wasn’t trying to keep me in a box. I think she was drawing my attention to the chi that surrounds us. The ever changing boundary that can stays close to protect us, but also expands to let us stretch and take risks.
Did your mother share any wisdom that only makes sense now that you’re older?