Respect and protection for your feelings, your health and your well-being are almost always an issue when you need to set Boundaries. Calling as it does for drawing lines and setting limits, that this might be a time to provide yourself with healthy and appropriate Boundaries within which you can heal. Perhaps the challenge you are now facing requires the courage to say no to something that no longer has a place in your life. Boundaries and walls are different. As you will decide what to accept and what to reject, you will learn to live feeling protected, and yet free of walls. There can be an affirmation: Setting appropriate limits creates freedom. Cherish your ability to do this, since good Boundaries are essential to developing healthy feelings about yourself. Healthy Boundaries always bear witness to the fact that someone has courageously undertaken the journey from Denial to Honesty. When we were younger, the word “boundary” meant limitation. With the maturity of time, we can recognize that good Boundaries create safe harbors in which to change, to heal and to grow. This might be a timely reminder to run a reality check. Are the Boundaries you have established being recognized and respected? On the other hand, are you being sensitive in respecting Boundaries of those you love and those with whom you work: your family, your friends, your colleagues and especially your children? Like well tended gardens, sound Boundaries need attention and care, for without well-maintained Boundaries, there can be no safe passage to a new life? Let it be said this way: Family values crumble and fall away without the support of healthy Boundaries. In the absence, our ability to teach our children to respect us and each other is weakened. Good Boundaries provide a shade tree, a learning tree, under which our children and our children’s children will gather the knowledge that they will then pass on to future generations.