This week’s photo challenge on Postaday 2011 is “Boundaries.” I’m no photographer, but boundaries are important to all of us. Sometimes they give us freedoms- like personal space and protection. Other times, they limit us in both good and bad ways. Here’s my interpretation of boundaries I found around my city.
Fear often binds us. We are frightened that what we try will not be accepted. We somehow want a stamp of approval before we move forward. However, stamps are just a mark. We can walk through our gated areas of fear and find that light is waiting for us on the other side.
Lack of vision can be a boundary. We often forget to look for unexpected opportunities and instead, remain where we are because we have no vision to move forward. If you find yourself stuck, try another view. Perhaps you should find a friend in a different occupation and get some new perspective. Whatever it takes, look in a different place and from a new angle. Who knows what may be just around the corner?
Finally, we may be bound by a limitation. Limitations come in all shapes and forms. Perhaps they are physical limitations that cause us to work harder in all aspects of our lives. Limitations can also be spiritual. If we are bound negatively by an unseen power, it would be in our best interest to seek freedom. I love that we are bound by intellectual limits. Our brains, needing more knowledge, can spur us on to learn new things. When we think we know everything, we can learn nothing, but if we know that our brains are limited, we can be challenged to grow. Unfortunately, we are often limited emotionally. Some emotional scar may be holding us down. Whatever the limitation, let’s grow from it and use it to move us upward.
Today’s creative activity is to find a picture of your own boundaries, good and bad. What binds you in a positive way? How are you bound negatively? Please share with us so that we can learn from each other.
“All these boundaries – Africa, Asia, Malaysia, America – are set by men. But you don’t have to look at boundaries when you are looking at a man – at the character of a man. The question is: What do you stand for? Are you a follower, or are you a leader?” Hakeem Olajuwon