We often learn our limits the hard way. Were there any limits you realized this past year? Alternately, what self-imposed limits were you able to move beyond this year? (Author: Carolyn Rubenstein)
A hint: when you hear the heavy mama-sigh, a line has been crossed, a limit has been reached - or exceeded!
1. I ran out of patience with those who judge: particularly those who judge solely based on their own experience with no empathy or understanding of any other point of view. Intolerance is ridiculous!
2. I left volunteering due to people and politics. Volunteering by its very nature is to be altruistic to be effective. Volunteering for power over people, particularly children, is petty and mean. I was sad to leave, but I had little choice.
3. I quickly run out of interest in the minutiae, the daily drama found in the lives of the under-13-year-old set. Really? I don’t care. Stop telling me!
5. Clean your room. Pick up after yourself. Eat it. Bathe! Do your chores. Folded clothes do not go in the dirty laundry bin. Flush! Brush your teeth. A few of my daily limits!
6. Any man can be a sperm donor. It takes a real man to be a dad. I’m glad to be raising real men. I have no patience for deadbeats.
I used to be pretty blunt and I’ve never suffered fools, but I’ve also spent many years keeping my opinions to myself. The kids are getting older now and I’ve decided it’s time to let them know about the whats and whys of my limits and my beliefs. I’m no longer holding it all in.