Wow! The semester flew by, and writing this post is a little bittersweet. I had never blogged or considered blogging before. Everything was new and challenging; from learning to get to my blog from the main page to copying the right links in order to submit posts as assignments – which I sadly learned the hard way. Having my own blog was definitely a fun experience, and I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much. At first, it was really intimidating to feel as if I was talking to a blank screen, but then seeing people commenting on what they had read and how they related to my experiences was awesome. It was fulfilling and at the same time, slightly terrifying to realize that I had bared my heart to anyone willing to read what I shared. This vulnerability is kind of great and kind of scary at the same time, it definitely requires courage. I have gained even more respect for bloggers! I also enjoyed the assignments we had to complete on our blogs. I mean, reading a book you picked is a lot better than other assignments I’ve had.
Anyway, though I really enjoyed it, I’m not sure if I will have the time to post things regularly and therefore, this might be my last post…but we’ll see. If I continued to post anything after this semester, it would probably be about what I’m learning. Yeah, I’d probably write about the process of becoming a nurse or maybe about what God is teaching me. Maybe I’d write about things I’m passionate about, such as serving the poor as a part of Hope worldwide, or cats, or my friends, or books I’m reading. Maybe I would share about my perspective on life in the States after living in a different country. By the way, the picture I posted is from the salt-flats in Bolivia. We’ll see!
“If [God] has let you down or it seems that he has never done anything for you, allow him to start now.” Henry Cloud and John Townsend p. 267.
Hi, everybody! As I had mentioned on my previous post, I started reading the book “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend a couple weeks ago. Reading this book was bae’s suggestion, and it seems fitting considering that I am latin and therefore, obviously lack the typical “American boundaries.” Since I started reading this book, I have realized that it is true that Latin American families are extremely intertwined, and have difficulty saying no to family or creating space for individuality, I guess. I can understand where the authors are coming from, and it has been interesting to see what this looks like for society in the States, where people seem fiercely protective of their rights and independence. Something else that was interesting about this book was learning more about what the Bible has to say about boundaries.
To be honest, it was difficult to get through the 302 pages in less than a week due to the depth of the content the authors were discussing. It is clear that they are very knowledgeable and eager to help people live a fuller, more satisfying life. They include many examples and areas in which boundaries are nonexistent, though desperately needed, and explain the negative consequences this has in the emotional, physical and spiritual areas of life. The book thoroughly deals with boundaries in friendships, dating relationships, work, marriage, raising children, and much more and gives practical advice on how to develop them. It is a good thing that there are more books that explain some of these areas – dating, marriage, children – in a more specific way, since just one chapter could hardly be as effective. It was hard to really grasp all the concepts and try to apply them to my life while trying to finish the book as quickly as possible.
What I liked the most about the book was how comprehensively these psychologists assessed each person’s situation not only psychologically but also spiritually, and therefore were able to help them in specific ways instead of providing a general solution that doesn’t necessarily help everybody. I also appreciated their honesty; they never claimed establishing boundaries is easy and quick, they actually insisted it was quite the opposite. Nowadays, people are attracted to easy ways to get what they want without having to wait of put effort into it, but these authors didn’t sugarcoat their product in order to sell it. If you are interested in learning more about yourself and how different interactions have shaped your personality and interactions with people, you’ll probably like this book.