Grant Yourself Permission

Kindergarten child

“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

1. Share everything.

2. Play fair.

3. Don’t hit people.

4. Put things back where you found them.


6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.

8. Wash your hands before you eat.

9. Flush.

10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.

12. Take a nap every afternoon.

13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.

16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first workd you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

― Robert Fulghum

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten


Leap of faith

Do you remember when you were a young child in school and you had a permission slip that you needed to get signed so that you could go on the class field trip? Now take a moment and recall the feeling of wonder when the permission slip was signed and off you went on the class field trip. Grant yourself permission ~in this moment~ to be yourself. Relax, trust the process, slow down enough to be aware of wonder!

A basic tenant to living an authentic life, wonder is built on the foundation of self-esteem. This is a concept most of us learn about even before we tackle the ABC’s and the sum of 1 + 1. In kindergarten, or even earlier, we are taught that self-esteem is an important part of our becoming a future success. To begin to rediscover the wonder in your life, begin with paying closer attention to your thoughts and opinions. Your soul has a voice, a Divine Voice, and if you don’t pay attention, you might miss out on the advice of a lifetime. Whose advice? Yours of course!

Synonymous with self-respect, esteem requires holding yourself in a high regard. Being aware that you are an important piece of life’s great puzzle requires an understanding that you have a place in this world that cannot be filled by anyone. Self-respect is a concept we learned when we were too young to have real questions. The world around us taught us the dynamics of interpersonal interactions. We grew up equating a high self-esteem with being happy and focused. While these are two great byproducts of self-esteem, but they do not always have to go hand in hand.

Anna Martinson, life coach at Leap of Faith, assists others in discerning their soul’s longing to BE. For more information please contact Anna at

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