On 20 March I posted Blogging As A Reason For Living and mentioned a blog entitled The Last Visible Dog. I have been reading the blog backwards to see what other gems I could find. I’ve not been disappointed. Yesterday I came across The Four Agreements on that blog and, with Katherine’s permission am repeating them here (with my own photo). I, for one, could really benefit from adopting them although, to be fair to myself, I’d like to think that I’m reasonably ok so far as the first one is concerned.
After all, even though we may never be able to sit on top of the post, we should not stop trying:
1. Be impeccable with your word and deed.
Speak and behave with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using words to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word and deed in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don't take things so personally.
Most of what others do isn't because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dreams and hopes. When you don't mind the opinions and actions of others, you won't suffer needlessly.
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 this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Do your best.
Even in small day-to-day tasks. Remember however, that your best is going to change from moment to moment. It will be different when you are tired or ill than when you are rested or healthy. Under any circumstances simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.