Love each other.

"Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them."
--Leo Tolstoy

Love each other. That's the most important thing.



"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
--Thomas Edison 
I used to be scared of making mistakes and, even worse, failing. I thought that if I worked hard enough or if I was smart enough, I could avoid taking a wrong step. And, when I did err, well, I was embarrassed and pretty darned hard on myself.

At some point, though, I realized that making mistakes was actually quite liberating. It meant, definitively, that I was not perfect. It meant that I didn't have to hold myself to such high standards. It meant that I could learn to practice self-compassion.

Most importantly, it meant that I could relax a bit. That I could laugh at my foibles. That I could learn from what had gone wrong and move on. That I could grow and, ultimately, growing (even when it hurts a bit) is the most important thing.


"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time." --Leonard Bernstein

Every time I have accomplished a huge goal, I have had both a plan and a shortage of time. When I lament my too-frequent state of feeling a bit overwhelmed, though, I can’t help but realize that I'm so very fortunate. As I tell myself over and over when the house is messy or my email box is chock-full, none of this is life or death.

The laundry will get done, the groceries will be procured (or we’ll go out to eat), and the list of things I need to do will get done--or they won't. It's all OK.

This week as you look at the undoubtedly long list of things you need to do, I encourage you to breathe. And to smile. And to put taking some time for yourself at the top of your list. The important things have a way of getting done.


Create yourself

"To exist is to change; to change is to mature; to mature is to go on creating one's self endlessly." --Henri Bergson

I seem to be drawn to quotations that allow for constant growth. In these words from Henri Bergson is permission as well. Permission to grow from today. Permission to be better tomorrow. Permission to be exactly who you are and to evolve into the person you ultimately want to be.


Just be happy

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."  



--Guillaume Apollinaire



This is your permission slip to take some time today to just be happy.  

Do something you love. Smile, laugh, relish, enjoy!