Four agreements

Don Miguel Ángel Ruiz, a Mexican author, summarizes four agreements we need to consider in our lives.

Entitled “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom”, the book published in 1997, reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.

Here’s a summary and hope it serves as a daily reminder on life’s relative joy. It is self explanatory.

1. Be impeccable with your word.

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or 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 sufferings.

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.

Life can be as complicated or simplified as we make it. Only we decide for ourselves.

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