A photo by Ann Saychenko shows a sunrise over a field of prairie grass signifying a new beginning. The sky and field are bathed in dawn-like pinks and oranges.

Boundaries (Poem)

Setting boundaries that help improve our lives by maintaining our mental health and emotional well-being should be seen for what they are; a necessary kindness we show ourselves that nourishes and restores. It’s essential we remind ourselves about this every now and then …  

It’s commonplace to view ending something or altering a part of our lives through the eyes of defeat; especially if we thought they represented concrete elements of our life’s path. Relinquishing ourselves from the expectations that no longer serve our purpose can sometimes be the answer we’re looking for.  

Poem by Molly from Transatlantic Notes called Boundaries reads: “Rethinking how we approach something in order to preserve our own mental health isn’t quitting or failure — it’s survival, it's resiliency, and it's necessary.”

Only we experience what’s needed to fulfill our everyday lives. It’s okay if we implement changes and set boundaries or end something to establish an alternative direction. Regarding things in a fresh, new light may just be the guidance we require.

Further Info:

The No BS Guide To Protecting Your Emotional Space – Healthline

11 Ways To Take Charge Of Your Life – HuffPost

NAMI Helpline – a free, nationwide U.S. resource that offers experienced peer-support guidance and advice

CheckPoint – global (by country) resources for mental health support

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32 thoughts on “Boundaries (Poem)”

  1. Yes! It’s so important to set boundaries and think about how we approach things. This is something I’ve been working on all year myself. I’ve found I’m much less stressed if I set those boundaries and stick to them. I haven’t mastered it yet, but I’ve gotten better.


    1. I haven’t mastered it either, and it will probably always be a work in progress as things shift and change, but having boundaries and reassessing how we look at something is so important. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences!


  2. Boundaries are so important for our wellbeing in general. They should be set as you said in order to survive.
    Thank you for talking about this issue.


  3. Beautiful – thank you for sharing. Boundaries are so important and I love the creative spin you’ve put on it with this beautiful poem!


  4. This is not only beautiful, but it’s an incredible reminder of something that’s so important and something that so many of us forget in our daily lives. I’m really glad you shared this!


  5. Love that you present your poem visually! The simple message it conveys is both powerful and uplifting and necessary reminder about the human need not only to push against external boundaries but also create our own.


  6. This is such a lovely post, Molly! Setting boundaries was such a huge issue for me in the past. I’ve been working hard to set boundaries in all aspects of my life within the past couple of years and I’m so happy! Great piece x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com


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