Robert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Knowing where boundary lines are is important. I have to set boundaries in my writing life or I would never accomplish anything.
When I had young children I would mark out time on my calendar for writing. It was easy to say no to requests to do other things, even other important things, when I had a boundary in place.
Life is full of good opportunities, but what about the best opportunities. We have to decide on our boundaries before someone else decides for us.
“What are you doing tomorrow morning?” someone asks. You planned to write, so why do you say,“Nothing”? Then your time is filled with the plans of others.
Jesus is a great role model for setting boundaries. He set boundaries with the Pharisees and with his family when they tried to stop his ministry. He drew a line with the money changers at the temple and with Peter when Peter tried to keep him from the cross.
Protect what is important. Set your boundaries.
Bottom line: setting boundaries requires being able to say “no”.
Can you say “No”?
Laurie and Betsy (Samson and Venus)
“I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3