Gifts / people / lessons come into our lives as we need them and are ready to receive them. I received an audio book from a friend while in hospital last year. At the time, I knew it was valuable but I was preoccupied with getting better physically and reintegrating into the real world. This week I listened to it.
What it’s about
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is one of those books to read and re-read. It’s short, contains the four simple rules and is easy to understand. Yet the topic is profound. It opens your mind to a way of approaching life that makes complete sense. Why do we live any other way?
The book’s simplicity hides other beauties. If you’re a scientific thinker, its well-rounded explanations and well-formulated logic will appeal to you. If you tend to go with your gut, its basic truths will nudge you right in the solar plexus. Either way, you won’t put it down. It touches on spirituality – the final chapter contains prayers – but steers safely clear of religious entanglement which would ruin it. It’s not boring and it’s not condescending.
What you get from reading it
Millions have read this book. If you’re one of them and have taken up these agreements, you have a compass for navigating a better life. There is no doubt in my mind that these principles will have a major positive impact on anyone ready to receive them. If you haven’t read it and if you’re into personal development, I highly recommend it. It’s not a “book on positive thinking” but rather one that’ll offer a personal development plan.
The challenge is: do you have the willpower to make your life better for you? Do you understand the concept and importance of putting on your own mask first before tending to others?
What I got from it – the test
A funny story: I began listening to it during my daily commute to and from work. The reason I finished it in less than a week is because I got myself stuck in city traffic at peak hour on my way home from an appointment. For 2 hours. I could’ve avoided it had I been thinking clearly but perhaps I wasn’t meant to. As I listened, I was completely unaffected by the irritation and impatience of the surrounding drivers. If that’s a sample of the strength of these principles then I’m all in.
The Four Agreements:
- Be impeccable with your word
- Don’t take anything personally
- Don’t make assumptions
- Always do your best
As I currently negotiate multiple processes of validation about life, the timing was perfect to receive the information. What a gift!
I’m about to listen to it again.
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