Giving, Permission, and Forgiveness

Giving, Permission, and Forgiveness

I love this video clip, which I stumbled upon one morning while my son was watching Nick Jr. It is a perfect example of how giving permission tends to work, what it feels like to give permission and what it feels like to be given permission by another. A beautiful exchange is depicted here!

This video also brings up an important point. While many people have compared giving permission to acceptance, in reality it is much more like forgiveness. Notice, even, how the two share the common root of giving. When we give permission, or when we forgive, we admit the reality that something is OKAY, just as it is. We give permission and, in so doing, demonstrate our generosity. As a result, Kai Lan’s relationship to Ho Ho the monkey continues to flourish and both remain in a state of joyfulness. This is the power and beauty of giving permission.

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