The Four Agreements

I was fortunate to have read this book filled with words that we can live by. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is one book I find solace in. It’s not your typical self-help, get-inspired book, but it’s a book that will let you search deep down yourself and make you realize what you’ve known all along and just ignored. The author offers four practical tips you can apply to your everyday life, simple as they are, they may still be difficult to do in this day and age.

ย 1. 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 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 suffering.

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.

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May 1, 2008. Tags: , . General, Lists.

9 Comments

  1. the husband replied:

    I do all four of them. Okay, I practice doing all four (emphasis on practice), least I forget, hehe

  2. pat replied:

    hi, tricia. i read this a few years back and honestly, i forgot what it was all about. shame, shame! thanks for posting about it.

    on kindermusik, since it’s just 6 sessions, the fee is P4,170. at their branch in new manila, the program for 1 1/2 yo and up which is more than 6 sessions is more expensive. : )

  3. zarine replied:

    I totally agree with all four ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. baduday replied:

    Hi TheHusband, if only the whole word practices all four, but then that’s just wishful thinking, hehe.

  5. Joey replied:

    I have difficulty with numbers 2 and 3 :(. I’m working on it.

    I would like to invite you to join the Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival. Details here: http://the-working-mom.blogspot.com/2008/05/pinoy-parenting-blog-carnival.html

    Hope you’ll join us!

  6. Dragon Lady replied:

    hi tricia! my first time to visit your blog. i’m fond of inspirational and self-help books, thanks for sharing this. best regards! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Dyes replied:

    these are great words of wisdom. i will try to keep them in mind and practice it ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing!

  8. baduday replied:

    Hi Judy! Thanks for dropping by. Will link you up, ok?

    Hi Dyes! Great words of wisdom, indeed! May utang pa akong tag from you : )

  9. Chell replied:

    you write very informative post. thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ and I’m linking you up

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