Thursday, July 13, 2017

Limiting beliefs

Aislinn is now 19 months old. She's walking (okay running, nor often than not), talking, and playing her way through the days.  Everything is a plaything to her. This is because she hasn't created firm boundaries between ideas yet.  I find her learning to be just as instructive to me as it is to her.

A bunch of colored pens are just as fun and pretty as a bouquet of flowers. She gathers and groups them for long periods of time. She admires their color combinations and shape and the way they fit in her hands.  A pair of flip flops and a baseball cap discarded by one of her brothers is a chance to dress up. The metal coat tree by the door can be combined with a hip scarf covered in coins and rotating set of bells to create a music player.  She hasn't fully acquired culture and all of the implicit and explicit boundaries that come with it, and that leaves her so much space to create

Boundaries can help us make sense of the world, but they can become limitations if we blindly accept them or get too reliant on not thinking about them.  Questioning boundaries can give us new space for creativity, growth, and change.  This doesn't mean we don't need boundaries, because they are important tools, but it means we should mindfully and carefully examine all things that hold us back.  Limiting beliefs keep us in place, not because they are true, nut because we allow them to tell us where the map ends.

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