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A person on my friendslist, a person I'm still a bit surprised I never met and I expect will likely never meet (though we have been in the very same places *though not at the same times* and whom I have even seen perform on several occasions through the magic of the internet, which I guess is part of the reason I feel like we've met) once posted a simple photo of four sentences from a book titled "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz.

The four sentences are all you really need (which actually made me wonder how Ruiz was able to turn that into 138 pages of material), but it's in going in depth that I think is worthwhile at this point. In fact, these four sentences are so filled with common sense, you might think that even *they* don't need to be stated! But, "common sense" may be the most inaccurate term for anything in all of the English language. So, it doesn't hurt to take a moment from Our New Reality to drag this out of the attic and have a look.

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word.

There is a certain sense of authenticity that shouldn't just be implied, but needs to be relied upon when it comes to this. If you're going to do something and you tell someone you are going to do it, you do it. That also applies to the things you tell yourself. Make a promise, keep a promise.

But it goes even further than that. You should not say negative things about other people or about yourself. If energy attracts more of the same (and we've seen a lot of evidence that it does), certainly a negative attitude, especially when expressed outwardly, will only lead more negativity back to you. Keeping your word, staying positive, approaching life with love, these are all elements that will help you and help those around you. The more people trust you, the more trust you will have, and in Our New Reality, we need as many trustworthy people as we can find.

2. Don't Make Assumptions.

Any fan of "The Odd Couple" will certainly remember what is arguably the most fantastic line from a sitcom in history:

Felix (approaching a chalkboard): Never Assume! (writes the word "assume" on the board) Because when you "assume" you make an ASS (underlining the "ass" of "assume") of YOU (underlines the "u") and ME (underlines the "me")!

Really, a lot of life's complications are from people thinking something was one thing and then being surprised later when it was another thing. And these complications can go from slightly annoying to completely devastating. So we better all start shoring things up and finding out what's going on in situations that are happening before we go too far. We better start asking questions and getting some answers from people who are impeccable with their word!

3. Don't Take Anything Personally.

This is good, even on its own, and this goes in two directions. People may blame you for something and lash out at you for it. But ultimately, people make their own decisions in life. No one forces them to do anything, and ultimately, that is what they must live with when it comes to the choices they make.

On the other hand, if you are able to ignore the comments that people throw at you, you can rise above it and live a life that is less burdened with pettiness, anger and jealousy, and that will automatically lift you to a different level.

4. Always Do Your Best.

This may be the most important one of the bunch. We all have great days, good days, bad days, miserable days and horrible days. Our "Best" on any one of those days will certainly run up and down a sliding scale as we go, but the concept of doing as well as we can is an important one to stick with and one that really will serve well.

As long as we do the very best we can, no one can ever fault us. We gave it everything we had! What more is there to say? It's crucial that we do the best we can, every time. Our New Reality demands it.

And there it is. The Four Agreements. It's not that difficult to follow this path, and it may lead to some very interesting places.

Thank you to the Original Poster who first put it up for me to find.

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ashesngolddust
Jun. 20th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
I wish more people took this to heart.
penpusher
Jun. 20th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
One person at a time...
shoe5005
Jun. 21st, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
I know it's extremely cliche' and overused, but hell i'll say it again anyway,

Moderation is a big part of a fulfilling life.


Now with that said, i'm gonna get off the computer for awhile and go do something else.
shoe5005
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
Oh and in addition to Moderation would be Variety also! The Spices of Life when you switch up your flow every once in awhile!
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