When rubber bands are stretched to their maximum they reach their highest peaks and greatest distances.  Similar to a bow and arrow where the bow is taken back to its farthest point will yield the greatest flight for the arrow.  However, when they are stretched too far they break or are sent drastically off target.  Does this logic apply to us?  Can people, who are so complex, be compared to a rubber band or a bow which appears to be so simplistic? 

There was a time when people were placed on a device and then stretched to the point that limbs came out of sockets.  This torcher took people to a breaking point but what benefit, if any, was gained from going through it? (I’m not aware of this happening in modern families-but I know it has been discussed from time to time by parents raising teenagers).

When we shift from physical to mental stretching for people, the stretching we are referring to is more of a ‘push’ beyond mental boundaries.  Those boundaries get set through a variety of experiences where we try and avoid pain or maximize fun or joy.   For example, the barrier of ‘reading to the kids’ when we are tired and just need to ‘relax’, or working long hours when we have responsibilities of parenting, or needing to make decisions between soccer practices, games, golfing or necessary work around the house. 

Another aspect is our approach to life, when we choose to avoid being positive and optimistic because we are tired of disappointment.  So we establish barriers that prevent us from ‘getting our hopes up’.  This can lead us to describing ourselves as a ‘realist’ as a pleasant way of really allowing ourselves to be a true pessimist.

So with all the challenges of life, the difficulties with time constraints, the human frailties of health and needing a proper amount of sleep and food, how do you allow yourself to ‘stretch’ to the ‘max’, reach your peaks, and yet not break?

Think of that rubber band that may have a ‘flaw’.  Ever so slight of a ‘tear’ will lead to a rip when pulled too far and if the stretching continues, it will break right at the point of the ‘flaw’.

We must know where our own ‘flaws’ or weaknesses are and not be afraid to deal with them.  We cannot do it all:  Be active in Church, the president of the PTA, coach of our kids teams, work 60 hours a week, exercise an hour a day, play golf on the weekend, go fishing as often as we want, participant in a variety of charities, be a scoutmaster, focus on your spouse, your children, help your neighbors, keep up with the news, reply to all your twitter friends, daily updates to facebook, household chores, and on and on and on.

Reaching your potential is a ‘unique’ experience.  It needs to be something you understand.  It cannot be compared to the person sitting next to you.  Don’t get caught up in the ‘rat race’ thinking life is about beating the person next to you in the race—your ruler to measure up is your own potential and not someone else’s.

The wisdom in life comes from prioritizing among the many good decisions you can make.  To make those good decisions, you must establish your own logic on what is most important.  And as you mature that list of priorities, you will learn, either through your own experiences or those of others, that success won't come when you try to compensate the failure of item #1 by exceling in #10, #11, #12 on the list.  

Your list of priorities needs to evolve over time.  For example, when you are a teenager, priorities seem to circle around yourself and your friends.  As you mature, you seem to focus more outwardly.  As an example, for those that are religious, faith is top of the list.  For those married, it means spouse is at the top of the list.  For those with children, family is at the top of the list.  Those things at the top of the list should be complimenting each other and not conflicting. 

When conflicting priorities exist, it is as the ‘flaw’ in the rubber band and will cause a break when stretched.  For example, the life of the bachelor tends to be focused around friends, buddies and hanging out.  When you get married, you need to make adjustments.  If you don’t your flaw turns to a rip and will be breaking every weekend when you announce the ‘need’ to go out with your buddies and leave your spouse at home.

So, know your priorities and make decisions around your priorities.  When you find you are feeling stretched beyond your capacity, or unhappy, or feeling the lack of accomplishment or joy in your life-evaluate your decision making process and your priorities.   See if your decisions have been aligning with your priorities.  If they are and you are still not feeling the benefits of life, re-evaluate your priorities.   Stretch

Your thoughts?



03/01/2012 12:25

I will think of this relationship each time I see a rubber band. This are great thoughts about human endeavor and will ponder them!
Judy in California

10/21/2013 14:57

You gotta good lookin bunch o kids:) just dont let them drop out of school.


Why you called them rubber?

03/26/2016 14:58

I don't know, I don't really like rubber bands ...

05/12/2016 06:51

Awesome post thanks for sharing this.

05/16/2016 20:53

Get the amazing deals on online shopping to enjoy free amazon gift card which can be easily redeemed at the time of online shopping that are generated by amazon gift card code generator.


Some of the people would like to like the rivet brand. This brand will be suitable for everyone. This means that how to present many of the people as well. This is only main way for presenting on the first time.

05/29/2016 11:54

There was a time when the rubber bands were so inn in the world of new generation’s fashion. Still those who are considering their selves as a cool person, they are still like to wear different colors of bands on their wrists.

05/29/2016 12:34

Some of the people want to like the different rivet brand. This brand can be useful for the main stream as well. This can be useful factor for the main style as well. This is only way to promoting up on the first time at the passage of time now days.

07/23/2016 08:10

Nope they are like doors

08/29/2016 01:38

where you will note a number nike air max blancas hombre of products which are easier.

10/01/2016 10:43

Does the phrase "SEO" make you scratch your head or flat out quiver in fear? I have you covered. In this article of my "Blogging tips for Beginners" series I simplify On page Search Engine Optimization into 7 simple and easy steps.

10/07/2016 23:45

Plagiarism is quite common and rampant throughout the World Wide Web. The writers or website owners instead of developing their original content choose the easy way out and copy and paste content from other websites.

10/22/2016 06:37

Thanks for sharing information it is very impressive

10/25/2016 00:09

yes,i love rubber band.and i think most people use this rubber band.
because it is like a passion.

11/10/2016 10:08

This is an informative post review. I am so pleased to get this post article and nice information. I was looking forward to getting such a post which is very helpful to us.Thanks for sharing.

12/05/2016 02:38

01/28/2017 02:37

iTunes Alternatives

02/09/2017 06:19


03/13/2017 23:01

Resting is every other key to muscle increase. A whole lot of humans suppose that exercising the identical muscular tissues regular will sell muscle increase. However, that is exactly the exact opposite of what you're aiming for. http://www.healthsupreviews.com/stack-xtreme/

03/14/2017 00:32

We are one of the authorized person for bus branding in Chennai metropolitan.Across Tamilnadu we can do bus advertising like city’s Coimbatore,Madurai,Trichy,Tirunelveli,Pondycherry.

03/14/2017 03:51

I am happy with my information in some of the web pages you have, thank you sir, may increasingly sucses info-its.

03/28/2017 07:29

thanks for the given info

04/03/2017 09:35

Whether you are searching for a date or just somebody you could go through the night out with, we are glad to exhibit our amicable, http://www.kisslly.com/

04/04/2017 06:20

I am Nansy Sharma an Top Class Independent Escorts in Delhi, Escorts in Delhi, Escort Service in Delhi, We are provide all types of female Delhi Escorts including Russian escorts, model escorts and independent escorts in Delhi for 24x7.


This site is best ..........!

05/01/2017 07:50

thank you

05/01/2017 07:54

nice blog

05/01/2017 07:58

nice blog given the great information

05/28/2017 04:44

Beauti Queen provides you a high quality Escort Girl in Delhi, Delhi Escorts, Escorts Service in Delhi offering for dinner dates & your personal entertainment 24x7.

05/28/2017 17:57

Nothing to say but great web! I can get so many things from here. Thank you.

06/11/2017 18:16

Beauti Queen offering VIP Independent call girl in gurgaon, escorts service in gurgaon, Gurgaon Escorts. she gives ultimate fun enjoying with elite Call Girls in Gurgaon. Get 24/7 services by the hot female.

06/15/2017 01:16

Hello Guys if you are believe in Quality then you can connect with Independent Mumbai escorts girl Garima Chopra without any hesitation because she is 21 year old young and good behave escorts in Mumbai girl.

06/15/2017 01:22

Mumbai is the Place for High Class Adult Independent Escorts for best in class Escorts Service. Our Model Pia Pandey is Available at cheap rates to serve you Great.

06/15/2017 01:32

Call Riya if you are want to focus only on dating partner then you can connect with Independent Mumbai escorts girl Riya Sehgal, she is a lust model in Mumbai and avl=24X7 hours.

06/15/2017 01:34

Hello Guys don't delay Mumbai trip because Taaj Mumbai escorts girls agency wait for you, it's a great dating hub, so you can enjoy with us according your date and time.


Rima Kapoor an Independent Mumbai Escorts searching for a short term companion to making their moments very special and unforgettable.



















06/15/2017 01:43

The young and dynamic Independent Hyderabad Escorts are waiting for you, to making your dream come true, so do not waste your time and come to join their company to make your moments special.

06/15/2017 13:48

Hi guys you are discuss with Independent Mumbai escorts girl Era Sharma for your dating and satisfaction, I am fully verified top class escorts in Mumbai.

06/15/2017 13:52

Pink lips lady offers elite class Mumbai escorts agency girls for high class VIP peoples in Mumbai city. So guys if you are looking for top class female escorts in Mumbai contact us.

06/15/2017 13:55

Call Riya Dubey for Hiring Independent Mumbai escorts girl service for having fun, Attractive looking body and lust your Kamsutra.

06/15/2017 13:58

Hello guys are you there, then you can touch with Virgin Mumbai escorts queens services, I hope you are find Independent Mumbai escorts girl services in your dream city for personal use only.

06/17/2017 01:04

click here Big Data industry is growing at a rate of 10% each year and leaves its impact on nearly every business house worldwide


Leave a Reply