Often feel like 

The mechanisms 

We put in place 

To defend ourselves

After we’ve been burned,

Or structures we erect 

To protect others

From our worst selves-

But they so much more.

They are the means by which 

We learn what is most important to us,

To remind ourselves

That not every opportunity 

Has to be capitalized on

And not every invitation 

Needs to be accepted.

Boundaries honor 

The finite nature 

Of human time and energy-

Ignore them at your peril. 

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