This is the first in a series of four consecutive ponderings that will cover The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I highly recommend reading this book as the concepts can help you process how you relate to all your communications. The Four Agreements are:
Don’t take things personally
Always do your best
Be impeccable with your word
Don’t make assumptions
I will touch upon each of these topics and then bring them all together for a final conceptual discussion. My goal is for you to learn as much about yourself as I did and give you some tools to bring more joy into your life and release negativity.
First: Don’t take things personally! I know what you are thinking, easier said than done, right?
How often have people said something to you and you thought to yourself “how could they say that to me?” or “was that comment directed at me?” We go through life in our own bubble of thoughts and actions making choices, decisions and plans based on our own realities. In a bad mood? You might snap or be short with someone that isn’t even a part of that situation.
Their response: why is he or she angry with me?
The reality is: they are not angry with you — their response is a reflection of them.
“Everyone lives in their own dream”
“All people live in their own dream, in their own mind. They are in a completely different world from the one we live in.”
“See other people as they are”
“When you see other people as they are without taking in personally, you can never be hurt by what others say or do. Even if others lie to you, it is okay. They are lying to you because they are afraid you will discover that they are not perfect.”
We are all works in progress — be patient with other and ourselves as we share the world that we live in. Try not to pop other’s bubbles but also remember, they are not trying to pop ours either but floating in their own reality.
Do you take things personally? How can you change your thinking to better serve yourself?
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Quotes from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.