The Power of Permission Slips

@innercompasswriting had a post recently that hit me square in the gut. Her post was about giving ourselves permission slips to overcome difficult situations, feelings, and past trauma. Permission to change and evolve and break out of patterns that aren’t serving us. 

It struck me because these permission slips are about personal responsibility and taking charge of our own lives. After all, no one else is going to do it for us. And intuitively, only we know which permission slips we need. 

It’s a powerful thing to think about having autonomy over your own life and your own choices. What potential we have within ourselves to intentionally chart a path that makes us happy and serves our needs. We can write ourselves whatever permission slip we need, to let go of the anger or the expectations or the anxiety of this or that. 

I can write myself a permission slip to let go of decades-old family trauma. What is the purpose of holding onto this ancient history any longer? 

I can write myself a permission slip to not be defined by others and to instead fall in love with being myself. This one brings me to tears.

You can write a permission slip to let go of the anger that is sizzling inside of you. It’s only burning you. 

You can write yourself a permission slip to accept your life for what it is. To see the good and continually pull yourself into this divine moment and the next.

You can write yourself a permission slip to let go of friendships and relationships that no longer serve you. You can also give yourself permission to let go of the accompanying guilt. 

I can give myself a permission slip to not be perfect. Perfection is an illusion, or worse yet, a deceptive lie. I give myself permission to be real and free and loosen the reins of control.

You can give yourself permission to let the anxious thoughts float on by. Those ill-fated scenarios never come to fruition anyway.

You can give yourself permission to stop trying to take care of everyone else. When you pour yourself into someone else, you disappear.

You can give yourself permission to step back and have faith that your kids are going to be okay. They’ll find their wings in their own way, won’t they? You did.

You can give yourself permission to stop doing things that drain your energy, your bank account, etc. It’s no longer serving you. Just take a deep breath and stop. 

Permission slips put us in the driver’s seat of our lives. We are running the show. You get to choose your life. Just as a school girl gets that coveted “permission slip” to run the hallways freely, you can also allow yourself to run free and grab the life you’ve always wanted. 

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