Why Are Limits?
I notice I have limits. Why do I have limits? Why are limits? What are they doing there? This is an important question to ask. I hope you’ll see why in this post.
This is an exploration requiring careful observation.
It’s too easy to assume all our limits are bad or wrongful and should be eliminated. This runs counter to my own observation; some limits are very useful for certain periods of time. Yet too often we read about going beyond our limits as if it were always a positive thing.
Limits Can Be Useful
The point of a limit is the point of any boundary or barrier or wall:
- clarity about what’s inside, and what’s outside
Can you see how sometimes, limits are very helpful and useful? They can make your life easier, your thinking cleaner, and your use of time more efficient. Limits can simplify your agenda, your schedule, and your life.
Limits Can Be Limiting
But of course, limits can be limiting! Beyond the humor of putting it in such a tautological way (“of course limits are limiting!”) is the radical realization that we don’t want to feel limited by our limits. “Limitation” is pointedly not on the bulleted list above of useful, helpful things I notice about limits. We do not want the limitation of limits. Limitation can feel
- small-minded, “small-worlded”
What to Do About Limits
I am thinking the first thing to do about our limits is observe them.
Are your limits helpful or constricting?
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. (What a terrible expression!) Don’t throw all your limits out all at once. It’s frankly crazy-making. Everything in nature has limits. Each thing grows in its own pattern and path; it has a structure into which it develops. So do we, in human form.
As divine beings, however, of course we don’t need or depend on limits.
Releasing limits is key to abundance.
Just make sure the function your limit has been fulfilling: helpful? constricting? And then make your decision about what to do with it.