We live in a world that saddles us with incredibly high expectations, so giving ourselves permission to relax, play, set aside time to create, and be imperfect is sometimes beyond our scope of thinking. Instead of succumbing to all the shoulds and pressures that we impose on ourselves (or that others impose on us), what if we treated ourselves more kindly, or gave ourselves permission to be or do whatever we needed to create in our lives in the next moment?
I have just gotten off the phone from another brilliant teleconference call with Jill Badonsky, founder and director of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching and author of The Muse Is In and The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard). I am a coach-in-training in Jill’s program, and I find myself using her creativity tools for everyday life issues—not just about the making of art. And wouldn’t you know it, the conversation today was about giving ourselves permission—the topic of my blog this week. So I am just going to go ahead and rattle off a few of the things that we discussed today. (Thank you, Jill).
For instance, what if we gave ourselves permission to…
- Break some rules?
- Take a break?
- Be “close enough” instead of perfect?
- Give ourselves credit and acknowledge ourselves, instead of focusing on things not yet done, or not “good enough”?
- Not be be disappointed?
- To be disappointed?
- To be different and still be accepted?
- To be human?
(Thanks again to Pat Finley for sharing her beautiful art. Pat is one of the featured artists currently showing at Walker Fine Art in Denver, CO. You can see the details here: http://patriciajfinley.com/event/70183/walker-fine-art-opening)