I learned a lot about boundaries in graduate school. I studied social work which has turned out to be incredibly valuable training in a world based on effective relationships. In school we talked about not getting too involved, keeping our distance, not telling others what to do, but rather helping people find their own way.
Well…ahem…that doesn’t necessarily translate to real life now does it?
But I Know What To Do
This is really the challenge when it comes to professional boundaries, isn’t it? We want to jump in and help. But it’s more than that…we want to solve the other person’s problem. Now we’re getting somewhere! Results we can see, feel and experience. Aren’t we terrific? Damn right we are. Except we’re not living that person’s life. They are. And that makes the whole thing so much more complicated.
How About You