Working Up To, And Accepting Your Limitations

Working Up To, And Accepting Your Limitations

Garland_PoseIn this morning’s yoga class, our instructor talked about how we all face limitations. and working up to, and accepting those limitations can be very freeing, sometimes allowing you to push further than you thought you could go. I took that thought very literally during the class, to mean physical limitations, like the pain in my knee making it difficult or painful to be in squat pose. Before this class I would “breath through the pain” not accepting it, ignoring it. But today I took a different approach.  I used a block, and a folded blanket to add support, and that allowed me to recognize the limitation, then go a little further beyond it.

Later, as I thought about this concept, I realized that limitations can also mean things like resources, time, skills, credentials, opportunity – the list goes on and on.  I’ve committed to write a blog post every day for the month of November! That can really make you realize your limitations, like lack of time, and lack of ideas, and time… and ideas.  But if you’re serious, you can look at things differently, and creatively overcome perceived limitations.

I don’t like limitations, or the thought of not being able to do something. It feels harsh like opression, like rules, and right away my first instinct is impatience, I want to break those limiting rules. But now I’ve realized that I can also look at limitations a little more gently, more like borders or boundaries. (or as Captain Jack Sparrow says, “more like guidelines”) and those borders can be accepted, and then pushed rather than broken. Sometimes an obstacle, or boundary can help you look at things in a different way, like little opportunities to creatively solve the problem. Sometimes limitations can help you transform a routine task by taking a different approach.

Stephen Covey said “we are all limited, but we can push back the borders of our limitations.”  I pushed the borders of my ability to attain a yoga pose, and looked at things a little differently in order to create a blog post.  What are you doing today to push the borders of your limitations?


  • Posted November 2, 2013 6:14 pm 0Likes
    by Smalltown Me


    • Posted November 3, 2013 11:17 am 0Likes
      by lindalla

      I know, right?

  • Posted November 3, 2013 8:29 am 0Likes
    by Patricia

    I love seeing my limitations at this point in my life and working through them. Excellent morning post. Thanks.

    • Posted November 3, 2013 11:18 am 0Likes
      by lindalla

      We are so much wiser at the point in our lives, aren’t we?

  • Posted November 3, 2013 8:41 am 0Likes
    by cynkingfeeling

    This is a very freeing idea. Instead of listing the things we can’t do because of limits, it inspires us to ask “what CAN I do?” That seems like the time when our creativity can shine.

    • Posted November 3, 2013 11:19 am 0Likes
      by lindalla

      I totally agree! Thanks for commenting!

    • Posted November 3, 2013 11:32 am 0Likes
      by lindalla

      Howz come I can’t comment on your blog? Is there a trick?

      • Posted November 3, 2013 11:44 am 0Likes
        by cynkingfeeling

        I’m not sure why you can’t comment. I didn’t see anything in spam. Sorry!

  • Posted November 3, 2013 9:17 am 0Likes
    by Lois Alter Mark

    Great post, and important to remember it’s always good to look at things in a different way.

    • Posted November 3, 2013 11:21 am 0Likes
      by lindalla

      Thank you Lois!

  • Posted November 3, 2013 10:46 am 0Likes
    by Angela Death

    Excellent point of view! Keep up the great posts!

    • Posted November 3, 2013 11:21 am 0Likes
      by lindalla

      Thanks for reading AND commenting!

  • Posted November 3, 2013 10:50 am 0Likes
    by Elin Stebbins Waldal

    What a powerful way to re-frame your thoughts. Thanks for sharing…

  • Posted November 3, 2013 11:22 am 0Likes
    by lindalla

    Thank YOU Elin, for stopping by!

  • Posted November 3, 2013 6:13 pm 0Likes
    by Laurel Regan

    Feels sometimes like I am constantly having to push against my limitations! But that’s a good thing. Thanks for your perspective. :)

  • Posted November 3, 2013 6:53 pm 0Likes
    by Transitioning Mom

    Some of the greatest gifts I’ve been given are deeper fonts of strength I’ve discovered through limitations.

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