Boundaries Are Kind [episode 36]

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I often record episodes about topics that are happening around me in my real life, and today’s episode is no different! I’m talking about something that’s vital regarding communication, relationships, and good movement; it’s also something that gets overlooked, and just gets a bad rap sometimes. Yep, I’m talking about boundaries! This was on my mind after a recent conversation I had with a friend; we were talking about the infamous, all too common theme of mom guilt. It can really eat us alive (I’ve totally felt it), and I know sooo many of us struggle with this!

As humans, we easily fall into feelings of guilt when we’re not doing what others are asking from us; we feel like we’re failing when we can’t do everything for everyone else. In today’s episode, I share why boundaries are kind, and (contrary to popular belief), are one of THE kindest, most generous actions you can show towards others! I’ve found boundaries to be a lot like fences, and they can be created in a variety of ways. Just because you set a certain boundary with someone/something, doesn’t mean it will stay that way forever; you have the power to assess and change that boundary, whenever you need to.

You’re not being helpful or doing anyone a favor when you’re constantly meeting the needs of everyone else, and ignoring your own needs. It’s actually a disservice to yourself and everyone around you, because anger and resentment will eventually boil over to other people. I know you don’t want that, so make sure to hold those boundaries, because boundaries ARE kind, friend!

In this episode, Boundaries Are Kind, we cover:

  • Why setting and holding boundaries is actually one of the kindest things you can do for others
  • Why boundaries are like fences, and not actually rules for other people (contrary to popular belief)
  • Understanding that your boundaries can change over time, depending on what you’re experiencing in your current season of life

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In stockmanship (the art and science of handling cattle in a safe, effective, low-stress manner), we have this phrase . . . good movement draws good movement. 

It’s this thing that happens when we ask a small group of cattle, maybe a cow, or a pair to move out in a certain direction and their movement draws the whole herd into moving in the same direction.

Good movement happens when we approach the cattle with a positive attitude, read and really listen to what they’re telling us, and communicate accordingly. 

We don’t approach the aware, flighty cattle the same as we do the tame, docile cattle. We adjust ourselves, our energy, and approach, and communicate with each differently.

These adjustments help us effectively draw good movement from each, which then draws good movement from the herd. But it starts with us.

The same is true for humans. Good movement starts with us.

Welcome to Good Movement Draws Good Movement, the podcast where farmers, ranchers, and rural folks can grow relationally through awareness, understanding, and effective communication.

Hey, it’s me – T. I’m your host, and I, along with my guests, will be covering topics related to drawing good movement – things like self and social awareness, brain science, positive psychology, extending grace, and so much more. 

We’ll share tools that can help you understand why you are the way you are, why others are the way they are, and how you can use that to step out of self-told lies with grace and compassion to draw good movement in conversations, relationships, and life in rural America. 

Tune in every Tuesday and make sure to hit subscribe so you never miss an episode! Let’s go draw good movement!

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