Thursday, October 29, 2015

Limitations are boundaries, not barriers.


"Each period of lief has its own purpose. This later one gives me the time to assimilate all the others. The task of this period of life is to come alive in ways I have never been alive before. 'We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.' E.M.Forster
These are the capstone years, the time in which a whole new life is in the making again. The gift of these years is of becoming more fully alive than ever.

Limitations are boundaries, not barriers. They limit us but do not stop us. In fact, limitation in one area simply making us develop in another. Limitations call out something in us that we never considered before. They also alert us to the needs of others...to teach us to be sensitive to the needs of others. Being limited gives us an opportunity to learn both humility and patience. We stop expecting instant results. We can wait. We can try again. Limitations invite others to get involved. We create community out of the needs of others and the gifts we can bring to them, while they, in turn, enrich us. The truth is we are only as limited as we want to be. Age give us the opportunity to be icons of truth and courage, vision and possibility as never before."

wisdom that spoke personally to me from The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister

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