We can all relate to the word limitations.
Pain has limitations. Grief, and sickness, and loss… they all have limitations too. They all restrict what we can do.
I’m a word person, and I enjoy looking up definitions of commonly-used words, just to discover some extra nuances and get a better grasp on the reach of that particular word. Here’s what I found for the word limitation:
Origin: 1350-1400, Middle English from Latin, stem of līmitātiō – a bounding
past participle of līmitāre – to enclose within boundaries
Definition: a limiting condition, restrictive weakness, lack of capacity, inability or handicap;
something that limits a quality or achievement
I have a limiting condition known as chronic illness. It is certainly a restrictive weakness, as it often prevents me from doing the things I love. It is a boundary that restricts me physically. It manifests itself as a lack of (energy and immune system) capacity. It limits the achievements I would love to attain.
And if I let it – it could limit my spirit as well. My emotions and my heart could find themselves bound up and restricted by it.
There’s so much that I cannot do, that I would love to do, because of my illness. I can’t volunteer for everything, I can’t do lunch five days a week, I can’t be very spontaneous with my husband, I can’t go hiking every weekend, I can’t stay up late or get up early. I can’t, I Can’t, I CAN’T!!!
But here’s the catch: I can’t focus on all of the “can’ts”!
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