Our daily lives are proof of our inherent strength. Women move through uncharted occupational territory, have and care of children, nurture others emotionally and physically, and explore our psychological and spiritual dimensions. Although we are usually strong for others, we often feel weak and victimized while attempting to set realistic limits that respect us as individuals. However, every human being has limits and, if we do not honor ours, we can become overextended, resentful and even ill. So sometimes the most courageous thing we can do is be aware that we can’t do it all for everyone.
Even when others disagree, it is important that we remember we have the right to be strong and to say no. When we know in our hearts that it is okay for us to honor ourselves by having limits, we can set them in a gentle way.
Although it is one of the most difficult things women have to learn, often the courageous and loving thing for us to do is acknowledge our strength and learn to set honest limits.