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  • The Four Agreements

    Posted on by Heather

    I never get tired of hearing the various perspectives on how to live an authentic, truthful, purpose driven, passion filled life. Don Miguel Ruiz in his book The Four Agreements recharged my batteries when it comes to this commitment. The commitment is one you make with yourself. We’ve all been told that we cannot control other people, yet, I don’t think we, as a culture, necessarily believe that. Even myself, knowing all that I know, still at times try to influence other people. In my case I wouldn’t say I’m trying to negatively affect people, but, at the end of the day, that doesn’t matter. What you’re saying in essence to someone when you try to influence them to change is “you’re not good enough”. When I think of it from that perspective it really hammers the point home.

    I’ve heard the message before in a lot of different ways, but, it never ceases to raise my awareness level. The bottom line is that we must silence the critic that lives in our mind. Instead, we must cultivate the visionary that encourages us to be creative with our life. We must empower ourselves, love ourselves and accept ourselves. Only then are we able to extend the same truth to all whom we encounter in our lives. Living by the Four Agreements will open the door to a life of joy, love and truth.

    The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

    1. Be impecable with your word.
    2. Don’t take anything personally.
    3. Don’t make assumptions.
    4. Always do your best.

    0 Responses to The Four Agreements

    1. I think that #3 is the most difficult, especially for those of us who live in a big city and most of the people we encounter daily are anonymous strangers. Anyone who definitively says that they don’t make quick judgements about a person based on their appearance and mannerisms is either a liar, in denial, or a saint.

      On my blog I tend to be more outspoken than I am in person. While it isn’t exactly a diary, I think it’s more akin to that than say, a public speech.

      But in person, I try to follow the example of the famous American, Benjamin Franklin. I read his autobiography a few years ago and it was absolutely fascinating. He always tried to use gentle persuasion rather than vociferous rhetoric, simply because he found it more effective to convince people of his way of thinking.

      He also spent a great deal of time publishing a series of newsletters called “Poor Richard’s Almanack” [sic], that had subtle, but great influence in shaping the opinions of the people of the time. Arguably, today’s blogs are a modern day version of the same!

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