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One-Liner Wednesday: When It’s Time for Boundaries

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“No, it’s time we set some boundaries.”

 

Giving tree boundaries

I’ve always wanted to rewrite the ending to The Giving Tree, on behalf of the tree and for myself.  It’s okay to give. Sometimes, it’s okay to sacrifice. But allowing others to damage us for the sake of their comfort or convenience is unhealthy.  In a healthy relationship, no one should be expected to give to the point of long term damage. It’s okay to set boundaries and take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.

(I have forgotten where I found this cartoon, so feel free to let me know.)

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday: When It’s Time for Boundaries

  1. Reblogged this on Loving Me, Too and commented:

    From my other blog…..

  2. Sadly I’m more of the tree. Sigh! Haha

  3. I wish I could be the tree!

  4. The hardest word to say often seems to be “no”.

  5. This has always been one of Mary’s bugaboos, that the kid keeps taking and the tree keeps giving until he has nothing more to give, and “the tree was happy.” I’ll share it with her.

    • It is a very anthropocentric conclusion that the tree would be happy. I know it’s supposed to be a metaphor, but it’s just not healthy. Maybe someone should write a whole new version where fruit and a few tree limbs are harvested, but the tree stays alive and well. I’m glad to know I’m not alone in this.

  6. A perfectly wise share JoAnna!

  7. This message is so, so, SO important. Thank you! 💖 🙂

  8. I’m not sure how I feel about The Giving Tree as a children’s book. Do children comprehend the complex adult lesson there? Or is it adult me feeling there is a complex message? Anyway, yeah, Tree. Learn to say no! If you haven’t already, you should link this one for Thursday Tree Love too. It is after all, about tree [self] love.

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