I can't resist these beautiful lines from one of my favourite poets, storytellers and mystics Oriah. Just stop for one minute - read, breathe and enjoy. Permission is granted!
We do not need permission
To live our life guided by that which lives within us.
And yet, too often, some part of our heart
Waits for someone else to give the go-ahead
Before we fully embody our wisdom and our silliness,
Our joy and our sorrow.
This is what it means to give our power away:
To court the approval of others
To silently ask for permission that is not another's to give
To spend our lives waiting
For that which was within us all along.