The Role of Boundaries

Source of Inspiration

How can I establish my boundaries
and be “nice” at the same time?
I’m taught to always help,
saying “no” becomes impossible.
How many times have I said “yes”
when my soul whispered, “no!”

How can others respect my boundaries
when I don’t even know what they are?
Consider carefully the role
of boundaries in your life.
Know that you have the right,
no, the obligation to establish
what is acceptable to you,
acting with sureness when
someone crosses your boundary.

We must live our lives with dignity,
observing each other’s boundaries
with care…and love.


Submitted 2/28/2001 to Potluck Poetry

Poetry Potluck @ Jingle Poetry

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