How Far Can I Push My Boundaries?

Quotes and Notes #255, July 17

Why is the fence there? Why is the flower there?  I don't know.

Why is the fence there? Why is the flower there?
I don’t know.

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.”—Robert Frost—

Pushing and expanding our boundaries allows us to discover things, accomplish things, and to gain strength.

At times, our boundaries will involve a fence and we must hesitate while we determine if the fence is protecting us or confining us. We realize that we can go through, over, under, or around the fence—but do we need to examine the consequences?

A caged bird that escapes to the outside world loses the security of nourishment and protection as it gains its freedom. Will it eat or be eaten? Time will tell—but then, creativity is only found outside that cage and on the other side of that fence.

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John P.Schulz
    Jul 17, 2015 @ 09:03:03

    Wonderful, and now I shall not be hesitant to ask, “Do I want my seventy year old self to be making this decision?”

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  2. Tom Schulz
    Jul 17, 2015 @ 08:53:41

    I like the idea that we built the fence. At some point when we needed it. And that if we understand why we built it in the first place, we can remove it — if that is appropriate. One time Carrie was gnashing her teeth over a decision. She explained what she thought were her options. I listened and asked, “Do you want your eight year old self to be making this adult decision?”

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