Limitations can be very unkind, and well, limiting! We all have some very real limitations.
I'm short, 5'3," 60+ years old, and decidedly uncoordinated. Even if I wanted to, and I don't, I could never be a basketball player. I'm ok with that. As much as I would love to be the captain of a starship in outer space, they don't actually exist. So, that's a limitation that is disappointing, but I'll live.
Some limitations are temporary and/or just in our minds. When it comes to losing weight we’re limited only by our own self-determination and discipline. Other limitations, like time and money, may keep us from remodeling a house or visiting loved ones during specific times.
It’s time to making some changes in my life.
The other day I was speaking with a friend and we were discussing the limitations of our parents because of their health issues. Our conversation was eye-opening, to say the least. My Dad has Alzheimer's, and we recently discovered he also has pancreatic cancer. His health is declining rapidly each day. He is now limited by his own body. Dad can no longer do the things he used to love— playing his guitar, bowling, tinkering on "projects" in his garage, going fishing, playing with his great-grandchildren. The ravages of these diseases and age have taken a toll on his life. If he’s is having a bad day, he can't do anything about it, he can't even tell anyone anymore, as Alzheimer’s has robbed him of his ability to speak. If I hate anything in life, it’s what this is doing to my Dad, and how his enjoyment of life is limited during the final years of his life. I know this is not a choice he made, but I hate this limitation on my Dad, nonetheless.
I'm making a conscious decision to do the best I can to "get healthy" so I won’t be limited by my body as I get older. If I am having a bad day, I can choose to do something about it. I am limited only by myself, by my own mindset. I can choose to think of something positive, do something nice for someone, do something nice for myself. Those are just small things even if I am temporarily limited by something like my health, finances, time, etc. I can choose to make changes to remove those limitations, but I must be patient because those things take time.
Sometimes, we are limited by things outside of ourselves; laws, weather, location, jobs, parents (if you are still living at home). We are ruled by a set of laws, by our government (wrong or right). We could break the law, but there are consequences-- not a good choice. We can make changes to some of this, by our votes, by speaking up, and by letting our political forces know what we want and don't want!
There's so much violence and sadness in the world today. Sometimes it’s emotionally overwhelming and it can be limiting, however, I refuse to allow these things to limit my emotions or my choices. I fight these limitations by speaking up, voting, reaching out to others, and working to change the world around me, one mind, one heart, one smile at a time.
In a recent podcast, "To Quit or Not to Quit" my friend, Jonathon Dunne, asked the question, "does God have any limits?" God can do anything He wants, but He also gave us free will. For example, if I ask Him to help me with my weight loss, but continue to eat donuts and pizza and all the stuff I know I shouldn't, I'm putting limits on what He wants to do for me. If a person asks for help with their marriage, their children, their jobs, but they aren't willing to do the work, they are putting limits on Him. He is willingly limited by the choices we make. Personally speaking, I prefer to do things His way, and I want to do whatever I can to remove the limits I have rebelliously placed on my Heavenly Creator!
I'm tired of living with all these limitations. It’s time to do what’s necessary and make changes in my life to free myself from as many as possible. I can't change the world or even my little corner of it all by myself. I am empowered by great friends, family, and a loving God.
If you're up to it, ask yourself what limitations you are living with that you can free yourself from. What can you do to change your little corner of the world and make it better?
I'm done with limitations. How about you? Let’s take this journey together.
Please reach out to me in the comments to share your journey.