I was just having a conversation with my best friend today about how to effectively set boundaries without offending people.

What I mean by this is; I genuinely reach out to anyone and offer kindness and compassion, this is what I value – human connections. However, it is frequently mistaken for friendship. Yes, you can never have too many friends, but I am wanting to keep my circle small. I am open to welcoming friendly conversations and helping others, but I am not open to receiving more friendships. It may sound like I sound contradicting, but the best way that I can describe it is: as a teacher, I love inspiring and motivating kids, parents and even my colleagues. I enjoy engaging in meaningful conversations, but unless our lives are in direct alignment – I don’t wish to further open up my boundaries.

Why? I keep my relationships solid with my friends and family and the only way I can do this is if I focus on those that are near and dear to me. Not that I don’t care about the well-being of others – I do, but I also have to care about myself and I can’t be stretching myself too thin. I have began to spend a great deal of time with myself and right now my number one priority is to maintain a loving relationship with myself and Source energy.

One way, I think is a good way to create boundaries is to effectively communicate this to people upon meeting them.

What do you think? How do you create boundaries? I would love to know, comment or send me an e-mail.

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