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Be impeccable with your word

Saturday, 12 December 2009 20:37

I recently read a book that so simply and powerfully reinforces how important our words are.  It is a message that I seem to be seeing everywhere lately. 

The book is called The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.  I almost did not read it.  I was a bit over the whole self-help genre at the time and just wanted a good read of something beautifully written and purely for the pleasure of it.  My sister had borrowed it from the library and gave it to me to read.

I am so glad that I read it.  I finished it off in one sitting and it was just what I needed.  It is not beautifully written but the message is so simple and profound.  I went out and bought the book for myself a few days later.

I also love that Ruiz does not make a big secret out of it.  He has the 4 agreements on the inside cover.  They are:

  1. Be impeccable with your word.
  2. Don't take anything personally.
  3. Don't make assumptions.
  4. Always do your best.

The 1st and 4th agreements are very dear to my heart and I have worked hard to do my best and to speak with integrity.  A long time ago, I decided that I would stop lying as it is so bad for you.  Not just obvious lies but the little excuses and fibs as well.  It is so liberating and feels wonderful.

Lying just makes you feel yucky and we all know when someone is not being truthful.  One example early on that confirmed that it is better to tell the truth was when I had to cancel an appointment I had.  Usually I would have concocted a big excuse about why I could not make the appointment.  I rang and told them the truth and they totally understood and were very understanding.  It was easy and it felt good.

The issue of quality is one that I am totally fascinated with.  These days, there are so many things that are poor quality and disposable and so many people just doing what is required of them.  But then when you come across something that is beautifully made or someone that makes that extra effort, it makes your heart sing.

So I totally agreed with these 2 agreements but I had not thought about how the other 2 agreements are so integral to a happy life.  I am naturally very emotional and take everything personally so it was very refreshing for me to look at it in this way.  When you don't take things personally it can seem like detachment, but it is the key to not just reacting to every situation.  And of course, not making assumptions.  I do it all the time.  Doesn't everyone see things from my point of view?  Obviously not.

I love this book for 2 main reasons - it is so simple and you can practise it straight away.  No need to wait until you are enlightened. 

So I am doing my best to put the 4 agreements into action every day.  They are going up on the fridge.

Give the book a read - what a lovely world it will be when we are all following these 4 simple agreements.


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