Over the course of the last 10 days or so, I have had two very smart men (Lester Strong & Michael Johnson) reference The Four Agreements written by Don Miguel Ruiz. Lester incorporated the book into a presentation for law enforcement officers and the kids they work with and Michael incorporated the information into a Positive Psychology yoga workshop.
Based on their references, I decided to read The Four Agreements, again. After reading it the second time, I found it very interesting that the same book could have a very different meaning based on my personal evolvement (I would like to think I am a little wiser than I was 10 years ago).
The Four Agreements:
- 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 word in the direction of truth and love.
- 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 of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
- 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.
- 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 circumstances, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
I encourage everyone, but especially FIRST RESPONDERS, to work on incorporating the Four Agreements into their life. I truly believe it would improve the quality of their lives at work and at home!