THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
by Don Miguel Ruiz
I trust you all had a weekend as pumping as mine?! *High-5* Yeah! If not, open up your arms and embrace my virtual hug! *insert hugging emoticon here* aahhhh, doesn’t that feel so much better? :)
Moving along, have you read or heard about the four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz? I saw it on a colleagues desk and as I read through it I kept nodding my head in agreement, of course. This is such a mature and life-changing concept to live by. Number 2 is the one that’s really stuck with me the most so far since I read it. People (including myself) can really take things way, way wayyy too personal sometimes. After I read this I started watching certain things that I do and my tone of voice when I speak to people, which can often be as dull as ______ (fill in the blank with something deadly and boring). But in those moments it rarely ever has to do with the person I’m speaking to, I could just be having a bad day or have something really heavy on my mind that unfortunately translates in my communication (both verbal and non-verbal). The minute I realized that, I started taking other people’s communication with me on a lighter note.
Number 3, let’s get it! Number 4, AMEN!!! Number 1, practice makes perfect, and it’s something I think we’ll be practicing till the day we die.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
1. Be Impeccable with your Word:
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally:
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions:
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best:
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
Hope you find this helpful in your lifestyle :)