My friend taught me to give myself permission. Permission to forgive myself. Permission to feel struggle (and live in it for a while). Permission to be vulnerable, and above all, permission to live wholeheartedly in my truth. I never used this self-empowering tool before, but I soon realized, giving myself permission would alter my own paradigm.
The power of permission is a beautiful freedom. I can give myself permission during my times of need. Yet, this "permission" seems uninviting in my own weariness to self-examine; to pause and reflect. It’s hard to process in moments of struggle, pain, hurt, and suffering. Therein lies what my friend taught me....
Permission to explore these personal areas are difficult. It's not like I “cannon balled” into reflecting on my weaknesses. This is not to say my friend was implying he was the keeper of my permission, but rather, my friend was saying, "today hit you hard and I'm here for you and if it hits you hard again tomorrow...give yourself permission for this - for time - for all you need." My friend taught me the most worthwhile journey in my life is the one when I give myself permission to struggle, to ask for help, to be vulnerable, to be weak, to be honest.
I won't say it's easy, because it's not (and I don't think it's supposed to be). I will say the journey seemed too much to handle at times, but then I started to catch on, so I gave myself permission for this process to be messy, rough and challenging. I hope these "steps" find you - as they did for me - with peace and acceptance on the unpredictable journey we all face at times.
My friend taught me to give permission to myself for any amount of time and for as long as it takes. It’s nice, you know, to give myself this gift. Open it for yourself too.
From one friend to another,
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