Day 802: How to set limits

  1. Be aware of your limits.
  2. Recognize you have every right to have limits and to set them.
  3. Express your limits to others as clearly and simply as you can.
  4. If other people push or overstep these limits, express those limits again.
  5. Repeat as necessary.
  6. Let go of any worries you have about setting limits.

Yesterday, I set limits with several people, at work and elsewhere. And while I had some concerns that I might

  • hurt people’s feelings,
  • be judged,
  • be misunderstood, or
  • damage connections,

… setting limits actually improved each situation. 

Here’s a  limit I’m setting here:

When you set limits effectively, you remove limits for growth,  for you and others. 

What limits might you set, now?

There were definite limits to my photo-taking yesterday: I only took three.  Here are all the images I captured on my phone, with photographic limits: 

Because I’m the one setting the limits here, I’ll also show you a limited number of photos I’ve limited from previous posts (according to my limited memory):

Because there are limits to what others might see in my photos, I’ll tell you this about that last one: Oscar set a limit with that cat toy, by destroying it.

What limits can I set with “limited” music, right now?

Here are some limited results from YouTube, in response to “Unlimited Wicked” (see here and here):

Here’s my limited ending: quoting that song from the musical “Wicked.”

Together, we’re unlimited.

Unlimited thanks to all who helped me expand my creative limits with this post, to all who set, respect, and test limits, and to you — of course! — for whatever you do with limits, today.

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29 thoughts on “Day 802: How to set limits

  1. yeseventhistoowillpass

    Now you Bo Sox Fans have The Panda, that traitor. He’s a whining guy who always messes up…

  2. May you have unlimited warmth and love today Ann!
    Love this unlimited post 🙂

  3. HOw fascinating. We need to set effective limits with others to leave room to grow. And, we need to break our limiting beliefs to grow beyond our limited thinking. 🙂

    The possibilities are limitless!

  4. Ann, I read Wicked Big Sex Fan! oh my hahaha! Your post reminded me of the following song today which I will now share with you. ❤

    Diana xo

    • Within Boston City Limits, Diana, the Sox can seem bigger than Sex. Thank you for taking it to the limit with the Eagles song!

  5. You should have a t-shirt that says “It sucks not be a Sox fan”

  6. NotAPunkRocker

    I have been off the blogs for a few weeks now. I originally was going to go and read all posts I had missed (1300!), but I set the limit to catch up with y’all have going on today and then, depending on what you may refer to, catching up on related posts. I still don’t plan to write on my blog for another week though.

  7. Ann, I’m sure you have set your limits and for years to come.

  8. There’s no limit to what I learn from you here at the Year(s) of living non-judgmentally.

  9. It sometimes takes me awhile to realize I even need to set the limits! But I’m in that mode lately and it feels like a fit! Love the photos…you have an eye for the unique. I liked the one with the snow bank and I think it’s discarded tape of some kind. I don’t think I’d even have noticed. 🙂 I hope your weekend has the right balance for whatever you are needing right now. ox

  10. My unlimited wicked comments just ran out. Lucky for you. Lucky for me.

  11. I can’t limit my admiration for your limitless skills, Ann. But I know when I have to set my limits on other things. 🙂 Happy weekend. The sky’s the limit.

  12. Great advice and great photos, as always. That Easter bonnet with the eggs and bunny ears is the giddy limit – made me laugh, though I think I’d ‘set the limit’ at actually wearing it! 😀

  13. I am trying to set limits on my staying up time… but I’m not very good at this task yet. Love the fish and beans plate!

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