The Four Agreements

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The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz was recommended to me.

The four agreements are basically rules to live by.  They’re quite simple, but all encompassing.  I can see how following them will lead to peace and contentment.

Spoiler Alert–These are the four agreements:

  1.  Be impeccable with your word:  use your words to create beauty, love and heaven on earth.
  2. Don’t take anything personally (this is a hard one for me.)
  3. Don’t make assumptions (another hard one for me.)
  4. Always do your best.

There’s more to the book, but this is the meat and potatoes.

I’m trying to let go of my old ways to embrace these four agreements.  I hope, in time, the agreements become second nature and I don’t have to consciously decide to follow them.  In the meantime, just being aware that I’m taking something personally or making an assumption has been helpful.

The Chihuahua verdict:  four paws up!

12 thoughts on “The Four Agreements

  1. I did a blog post on this too, I had to go wayyy back into the archives for the date, but on May 21st, 2015 it appears. I believe most people, but especially women have a problem with #2. You are not alone!

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  2. Actually, some things are personal–you know this to be true; otherwise, it would not be impossible to accomplish. Those that say they don’t take anything personal, probably are challenged by “impeccable with your word” unless that doesn’t mean always try to tell the full and complete truth.

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    1. You raise some interesting points. For me, it’s a reminder not to take everything personally. It’s a relief not to assume everything’s about me. (I’m also guilty of assuming things!) I read being impeccable with your word as more about spreading positivity (ie. no gossip) than necessarily always telling the full and complete truth. Anyone who’s ever been asked, “Do you like my new haircut?” knows the value of the little white lie.

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