This piece of paper I hold
is a form asking for permission.
I’m allowed to be here.
Will you sign it?
I had trouble sleeping last night. My thoughts were all over the place however, I awoke with one still echoing loudly in my mind. Today, I thought, I will give myself permission to write a bad story.
And then I sat down with my journal and wrote a list of things I give myself permission for…
I give myself permission to be flawed, imperfect, and take action anyway.
I give myself permission to write terribly: write a bad story, poem, blog, etc.
I give myself permission to move – move through the fear and anxiety.
I give myself permission to fail and try again.
I give myself permission to love fully and receive love fully.
I give myself permission to be soft and malleable.
I give myself permission to be whole – to be fully “me.”
And now I ask you:
What can you give yourself permission for today?
Make sure you sign that slip.
Until next time…
Well, here we are folks, three days away from a new year and I did not reach my Goodreads goal of 30 books (I read 26). Oh well, it’s not the number of books read that matters. What truly matters is the substance and how it still lingers in my blood. Here are some of the words still warming my insides and expanding my heart and mind:
“‘You were her way here, and it’s a dangerous thing to be a door.’ She tapped my chest, above my heart, with her forefinger.” The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
“Only those who can enjoy using their imaginations when working with limited resources know true freedom.” A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto
“Everyone builds wealth. The only question is: For whom?”The Latte Factor by David Bach
“[…] anytime I sense perfectionistic tendencies perking up to stop me […] Write this one down: Starting small and sucky beats staying stucky.” Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
“Maybe I could stop looking for someone to blame, let my flaws settle and meld with the rest of me, stop taking my name – and my self – so seriously.”Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself by Mark Epstein
“It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.” Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
“…and for a few moments, it was just the three of us […] – the three who knew what had happened and too many layers between all of us, too much keeping us from one another.” Looking for Alaska by John Green
“I love my mother, so I say this with a double-size-serving of guilt: because her words came so easily and cost her nothing, they were never quite as precious as Dad’s.” Like Water by Rebecca Podos
“‘I see someone who hasn’t decided on anything yet.’ What is the art I want to make? I only know I want to undo the dark, discover the secrets I’m keeping from myself.” How to be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
“To the calm mind, the universe kneels to play. From the agitated mind, the universe shies away.”Livin’ The Moment by David Romanelli
I love books and the people who write them. I had a wonderful journey through 7,500+ pages. Each book I read inspired me in one way or another and I know I’ve grown from the nourishment of novels.
I look forward to the books I will discover in 2020. If you’d like to follow my reading journey, please visit: Ashley’s Goodreads Profile.
And please share some quotes or books you’ve read this year that inspired you in the comments below.
Until next time…