Building and maintaining healthy relationships require you to establish and maintain healthy boundaries. Unfortunately, many of us weren’t taught about boundaries when we were younger, and depending on how we were raised, we might have been taught that boundaries are a bad thing.

In the video I shared below, Dr. Henry Cloud uses an analogy of property lines to talk about boundaries and how we can enforce them. I really liked how he emphasizes that boundaries aren’t walls. They are more like doors that we can open to others and invite other in, according to our desires.

I think it’s important to understand that those who violate our boundaries without being invited in, do not have our best interests in mind when they do.