I walked the fence lines today.  Every post and wire is softly frosted and fuzzy, it’s damp and foggy.  As I trudged a long the wired boundaries I examined each post, straightening the top wires that were bent from disregarding deer and adjusted a few insulators and the  electric wire strand that had become unhinged from one of those ubiquitous white plastic protrusions.  I moved in slow procession to each fence post removing twigs and brown dried grasses deposited here and there along the way and it felt good deep down inside.  Boundaries, they endow a feeling of safety and security.

Knowing that they were secure and sure  inwardly reminded me of  personal boundaries  in relation to life.  Boundaries for sure to some may appear restrictive and cold, but they afford those whose have strong healthy ones in good working order the benefits of respect and mutually satisfying relationships.  Tending to ones boundaries affords a safe place to grow, play, love and live freely without (okay, maybe not totally without ) fear.  Occasionally our inward boundaries need adjustment too. Wires oftentimes get crossed, become worn, tattered, or worse, broken down.  Emotional unrest, disrespect and anger often accompany boundaries that are not well tended to.  On the farm and in life!

I’m pretty sure that on more than one occasion, no, I’m positive, I’ve leapt over another’s boundaries and in my zest bent a few wires.  It’s not the nature of only fauna. :/

A bright and shiny New Year is upon us! May yours be filled with hope and grace and boundary-less creative inspiration. Can’t wait to be back here soon, with you… sharing the good stuff.

P.S. Good words to share…

“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.” ~George Washington

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3 thoughts on “Boundaries

  1. sara cynthia says:

    Hi, I loved your post on boundaries. I really enjoyed how you peacefully walked the fence line repairing with gentleness those areas that needed attention. I think it’s so important that we apply this same gentleness, peace and grace to ourselves when we see where we have “fallen short” in the boundary department. Thank you Lord for giving me the ability to ask you and others for forgiveness thus repairing the damage (the fence) and to walk in your grace. I hope you and your family have a wonderful new year filled with God’s blessings! Cindy :)

    • Betty Fitzgerald says:

      Thank you for the kind words and prayers. I pray your year be filled with God’s abundant grace also and I look forward to connecting with more “good stuff” in the coming year. Peace!

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