Short, simple yet so much information packed in these pages. A few pages at a time is more than enough to give me something to reflect on for a few days.
This is one of those books that challenges one to live up to four simple truths, and offers transformational results as a result if one could live a life completely engaged in the four agreements. I love this book because it’s a short, captivating read. I like the efficiency of receiving so much thought provocation in simple words. Also, these agreements are applicable to everyone, everywhere, regardless of religion, gender, age, etc. Some stories and anecdotes from various beliefs are intertwined throughout, highlight: love, life and peace.
Make four simple agreements with yourself and living becomes so much easier, so much lighter, so much happier:
1. Be impeccable with your word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Mean what you say. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
2. 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.
3. Don’t make assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to 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.
4. Always do your best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it 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.
Track a day and see how many times you break an agreement (in your actions or your mind). To my constant amazement, I find myself stumbling over one or another of these agreements with some regularity. So it helps to remind myself by the constant re-read.