Our Limit

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I read a beautiful quote today. Not only is it motivational, it also set me thinking about a lot of things. Here is how it goes:

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them

I thought that¬†the person who said this must be such a poser. After all, how can we accept our limits and go beyond them? Accepting our limits means putting ourselves in a box. We can only exist within that space. I was inclined to say that this is stupid. The walls don’t really exist…they are only in our heads, and why would we stay on the ground when we can fly?

I was very intrigued, so I searched about the quote. I found out that it was Albert Einstein who said it, and we all know how he truly went beyond the limits that other people set for him. How can someone who surpassed such obstacles have, and accept, his own limits? Either he was lying, and he really was a poser, or he knew a way of making the knowledge of his own weaknesses into an advantage.

Thinking about this reminds me of Sun Tzu’s principles: if one knows the enemy’s weakness and not one’s own, one would be sure to lose the battle. If one knows one’s weakness and not the enemy’s, one would have a fair chance of winning.¬†If knowing our own limits is more important than knowing the enemy’s, that would mean that boundaries would actually help us to grow.

The thing is, we are humans. There¬†are always things we can’t do. So why bother trying if there is no chance of moving forward? Sometimes it is good to know that there¬†are¬†walls, if only to know when to stop and which way to go when it becomes impossible to move forward. After all, life is always a bunch of wrong turns and detours…it is never a straight line.

Most days, I am in need of this reminder. It is easy to give up when we hit a wall, and easier still to never acknowledge it, until all we do is press against it in a futile attempt to go forward.

Now the question is what we should do about our limits. We can disregard them and fail to realize when we bump against them, or we can accept our limits, find a way around them, and go beyond.

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3 comments

  1. Nice to find you on the web and as one of my followers. Limits are mostly there where we allow them to be. Lots of people design their own borders and allow the means for putting themselves in a box which mostly shrinks instead of growing.
    All of us have their specific weaknesses, which do not have to limit ourselves but can also be used to our and others advantage.
    It is a well-known fact that knowing your own limits is more important than knowing the enemy’s. Also for the development of the own it is important to know the faults and weaknesses of the self, because otherwise you are not able to work on them.
    We not only do have to know ourself and try to figure out the other, but we also should be fully aware of the intricate constructions which may lay in front of us. Society has put up many walls and between those walls we do have to find our way. By te multiple lighting and flashing adverts of the ‘adversing and averse world we shall become blinded more than once. In the fog we shall have to find the real good beacon.
    In all of this we may not disregard our limits, but should be smart enough to avoid being trapped by them. We have to learn to cope with our limitations but also with the limitation of others around us. Then we do have to be willing to learn from our experiences and to go beyond our limitations.
    *Good luck with your quest in life and with your writings.

    1. Thank you for the comment and the good wish. I really appreciate this.

      Glad to see that you think the same way. Sometimes we try so hard to be free of our own limits, thinking that there is such a thing as utter freedom, but I believe that is just an illusion. No matter how clever or how great we become, there will always be something beyond our reach; that is what gives life its meaning.

  2. I live in the mountains. I’ve met people who have lived here for 30 years looking up at them but never went up to see what is up there. Some people never reach.

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