Hello wonderful readers! This past week I was going through some old journals and notebooks. I found a particular entry that I’d like to share. This was written during a time of great anxiety. I was recognizing that I was being mistreated and taken advantage of. I was angry and resentful. Angry at those who had trespassed against me and angry at myself for not having a better understanding of my boundaries sooner. Even though this entry has an undertone of anger to it, I remember feeling great empowerment at the time of writing this, because I was finally getting it. It was my Eureka moment!
When I started this blog it was my strong intention that there would never be anything negative in my posts. So I hope you can see where I was reaching from to get to these discoveries. It was a breakthrough for me and really, really positive things came from it.
1. No really does mean no. I don’t have to explain myself. I don’t have to answer anyone’s questions. I don’t even have to debate my position. NO!
2. I don’t have to make or keep peace with people who blatantly take advantage of me time and time again.
3. I don’t have to be helpful or accommodating to those who have a complete disregard to my feelings and well-being.
4. I have a right to ask questions about the things that have a potential negative effect on my life, or could cause me great distress. Even if people think I’m sticking my nose in where it doesn’t belong or if they think I’m crossing their boundaries – I have a right to be protective of my own happiness and wellness.
5. I can object to potentially hurtful things before I actually become hurt.
6. I don’t have to explain myself when somebody objects to my independence.
7. I don’t always have to be the one who apologizes first.
8. There’s a difference between having a sense of entitlement and rightfully sticking up for what is mine.
9. Even though I don’t have a sense of entitlement doesn’t mean I’m less deserving of anyone else of good things.
10. I am not obligated to help out people who choose not to have their shit together.
11. I am not obligated to be sweet and nice to those who are intrusive and imposing.
12. I don’t always have to be the one to “figure it out” for someone who falls short.
13. I will no longer feel ashamed for having moments of insecurity. It’s normal.
14. I don’t have to apologize for not meeting someone elses expectations, especially when those expectations are so high it’s cruel.
15. I have a right to my anger.
If you know of anyone who struggles with boundaries I hope you pass this on to them. What do you think of setting boundries and maintaining them?