That’s a popular word in counseling and therapy. Boundaries are important. I hear about them all the time, and I utilize them in many ways without even thinking about it. Boundaries come pretty naturally to me.
Until recently when a new challenge reminded me that boundaries are not always easy to set and often take conscious action.
When the High God gave the nations their stake, gave them their place on Earth, He put each of the peoples within boundaries under the care of divine guardians.” Deuteronomy 32:8-9
I started substitute teaching in January of 2016. On one particular week, we spent Wednesday buying a house and Thursday moving into it. I spent all day Friday with teenagers at a local high school and then headed home to do family night with my husband and kids. That Saturday was full of social interaction, and Sunday is always a bit crazy in our life. I spend it with people. Monday, I was back in a high school classroom, and when I got home, we had a leadership meeting at our house. Tuesday, I didn’t have to work, but my husband was home sick, so there was also no alone time to be had, and I took my oldest to an appointment where I sat in a waiting room with lots of people around me. Wednesday, I was back in a classroom at a school I’d never been to before. By Thursday, I was wrecked.
To sum up, I had no alone time for a week.
I’m an introvert. When you take away all of my down time, all of my time to just sit in an empty room and read and wear my pajamas and ignore the rest of creation, well, it ain’t pretty.