Have you ever felt boxed in, either by yourself or someone else? Sometimes we put ourselves in a box which can feel confining, restrictive, stifling, suffocating. The dictionary defines box as a rigid, typically rectangular receptacle, often with a cover; a small compartment. A box has clearly defined boundaries or perimeters. Being in a box or boxed in is a great metaphor for how we restrict and limit ourselves. How does it serve you to put yourself in a box, a rigid, confining, restrictive space? It doesn’t. Have you ever heard the saying thinking outside the box? It’s one of my favorites. Thinking outside the box is all about possibilities, options, choices. What is available to you from this point of view? Endless possibilities.
Sometimes others put us in a box because it serves their purposes. It appeals to their sense of order, neatness, organization and control. People who are analytical, critical, rigid can have a tendency to put others in boxes or compartments. Have you ever felt like someone in your life has put you in a box? How does it feel? You don’t have to remain in the box they’ve put you in. You have choices, options and you can break out of that rigid box anytime you choose to. Being the curious, free spirited person that I am, if I feel confined, restricted or boxed in, I ask myself the following questions? How can I get out of this box? What are my options? How can I break down these rigid borders? What are the possibilities once I am free of this box?
How about you? Have you ever put yourself in a box? Have you ever been put in a box by someone else? How can you break free? How can you think outside the box? What are your choices, options? What are the lessons to be learned from being boxed in?