For many years I have had a lovely set of inspiration cards beside my bed.
Each morning I shuffle them and a new message for reflection would be presented to me accompanied by a piece of delightful artwork. The cards are based on the writing of Don Miguel Ruiz author of 'The Four Agreements'. Recently I purchased the book to gain a deeper understanding into his ideas.
The four agreements that he writes of, really resonate with me as a simple 'guide' to my thoughts and actions in everyday life. To help me to keep them uppermost in my mind, I have created the following cards which are currently displayed on the inspiration board which sits on my desk.
If you are interested in printing them off and using them yourself, I am very happy for you to do so.
If you reblog them it would be nice to think that you would link back to this post.
For those of you who are interested, here is a simple elaboration of each agreement directly from the book:
Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity.
Say only what you mean.
Avoid using the words to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your words in the direction of truth and love.
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.
Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and 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.
Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment.
Your best 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.
So how do I relate the agreements to my life?
Be Impeccable With Your Word - I think that I'm pretty good at this one but am still harnessing the strength to tell people what I really think and feel when I'm not sure of the outcome.
Don't Take Anything Personally - as a super-sensitive person, I've found this the hardest to learn and live. I really admire those people who seem to have been born covered with a thick coating of Teflon.
This is definitely one of my life challenges!
Don't Make Assumptions - has been simplified by me into 'Never Assume'.
This has been a very useful little mantra over recent years. Interestingly, when I've ignored it there have been negative consequences.
Always Do Your Best - this is a tricky one for a self-acknowledged perfectionist as I tend to overdo things. I guess the challenge is to be happy with 'my best' and not go beyond that!
I wonder, do any of these ring true for you?