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By Maria Gracia
August 5, 2017
Stretching Your Boundaries
'Guess what I did this weekend,' asked a friend I saw at the grocery
store yesterday. She didn't wait for me to guess. 'I went zip lining with my
kids, and I did it too! Across a river!' My mouth dropped open. 'Sounds
terrifying to me, weren't you scared?' I asked. 'Yes,' said Karen, 'and I did it
anyway. I needed to stretch myself a bit.' Karen obviously felt good about
having done this, proud and confident, glad to have stepped out of her comfort
zone. By the way, Karen is 79.
Many of us go to pilates, yoga, or other classes to help stretch our bodies and
keep us more flexible, but how often do we do things that stretch our minds or
spirits? Surely such things might be just as good for us. Too often we cage
ourselves within boundaries of our own construction. Our boundaries are often
ones of fear, a fear which may not be well founded, and yet we let our
apprehension stand in our way of taking chances, or even going for the things we
We all have our comfort zones, our routines that keep our stress at bay, and
make us feel secure, and most of the time they are a good thing. None of us want
to live all the time in a state of anxiety and risk. But it can keep us from
enjoying satisfying experiences.
Challenging yourself at something often leads to a greater sense of self
confidence, a feeling of 'I can do this,' or 'if I can do this, I can do a lot
of other things I didn't think I could.' Afterward, you may find you deal with
changes more easily, things that before would have unsettled you, been outside
your comfort boundaries, are easier to deal with because you have learned you
can. And the next time you need or want to do something scary, it will likely be
All that said, I do not recommended you do something which truly terrifies you.
If your inner voice is saying, 'I don't feel good about this, I think it is a
really bad idea' you should listen. There is a difference between reasonable
fear in a situation over which you have control, and doing something that
frightens you so much it might be harmful. You have to weigh the situation for
yourself, at least on the big things, like mountain climbing, skydiving or hang
gliding, etc. Please don't go running out tomorrow to do these in an effort to
stretch yourself. There is no need to risk life and limb in search of something
new and stimulating.
Start with baby steps. Experiment with smaller things, maybe keep a journal as
you do them and see where it takes you. Start doing ordinary things in a
different manner. If you generally don't look at the editorial page of the
newspaper, or the business columns, try reading them every day. Try taking a
different route to work or other places you go on a regular basis. Who knows,
you may pass places you have never seen before and want to check them out. Try a
vegan or vegetarian meal, or go to an ethnic restaurant you've never tried.
Travel is a wonderful way to broaden your outlook. Try a nearby city. Then
perhaps you will go another time to a different part of the country or even to
another country. Have a go at meditation. Try a new hobby or study a foreign
language. Join a group...for volunteering, exercise, reading, whatever. You can
find a zillion ways to do something new, something you have been avoiding, or
putting off until you 'find the right time.' Some of these may sound small to
you, but for other people, they are going to take a lot of courage. It's all OK.
Many of the above suggestions involve going places, but stretching boundaries
can be done in other ways too. Mental boundaries can be as confining as any
other. If you usually read fiction, read some history or economics, or something
outside of your usual interests. Listen to a different news station, maybe one
whose views you do not agree with. You don't have to join them, Just listen to
what they have to say. In these divisive times, it is more important than ever
to be able to listen respectfully, even if you do not agree. Try a different
genre of music than normal. Get to know a neighbor you normally wave to, but
with whom you have never spent much time talking. Learn a new cooking or craft
Keep in mind, of course, that sometimes things do not always work. Maybe you try
volunteering somewhere, but find it is not the right fit. Or sitting still in
meditation makes you want to run out of the room screaming. Or spicy curries
give you terrible indigestion. OK, you have learned something...it did not go
well. Now try something else, don't retreat back behind personal fences.
Trying new things can be scary, but the rewards are beneficial. You may find
that you try new things more easily in the future, your insight into issues may
grow, your creativity may increase, you may make new friends, have more self
confidence, feel more energetic and even happier. Surely these potential
benefits make it worth a try!
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Theme of the Week: Calm. Enjoy our home page quotes, that reflect our
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Week Beginning August 5th
1. Inventory and pick up canning supplies. If you grow your own
vegetables and fruits, canning is the perfect way to enjoy these foods all
through the year. Inventory your canning supplies, and pick up anything you
need to make salsa, jam, preserves, and pickled vegetables from your garden
2. Buy school supplies. If you have kids or grandkids in school, or
perhaps you're in school yourself, now is the perfect time to stock up on
school supplies. If you have supplies left over from last year, rummage through
those first to see if there are any you can use.
3. Reconnect with your inner self. When was the last time you were
able to take an hour for yourself to do nothing more than reflect on your
life, your goals, and your dreams? Make this TO DO a priority this week and
reconnect with yourself.
4. Clean the shelves in your laundry room. Empty off a shelf or two in
your laundry room and give the surfaces a good cleaning to remove any detergent
gunk, lint, dust, and other grime. Weed out any laundry supplies you no longer
need. Then, put the keepers back where they belong.
5. Switch something out. Whether it's changing the current sheets on
your bed for a fresh set, swapping some decor you're tired of with other
decor you've been storing, or trading in your older electronic devices for
new ones, switch something out this week.
Do whatever makes your spirit glow out loud.
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