The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
“In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best.”
Katerina’s Rating: ♥♥♥♥
I like to read a lot of self-help books and came across The Four Agreements through an old co-worker of mine. She had seen that I was going through a hard time and urged me to read it. I think that in reality, the title says it all. If used properly, this book is in itself a guide to personal freedom. While I do believe that we must always be critical and not just agree with everything that someone writes, I think that there is so much that we can take from it.
The book introduces four agreements/principles, derived from Toltec Wisdom, that we should make to ourselves and try to live by:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.
Throughout the book, you will see how each of these is important. Each agreement has it’s own chapter. The author goes into detail about understanding the meaning behind each one and then goes on to explain how we should agree to incorporate each agreement into our daily lives. I really enjoyed the chapter about being impeccable with your word. It talks about the power of the word and how we often misuse it to blame ourselves and those around us. In doing so, we fail to realize that we are giving these words power for evil, instead of good. By making good commitments and spreading love through the power of the word, we can change such habits.
This is only one small aspect of what this book brings to light and if you haven’t done so, I strongly urge you to read it. If you’re in need of some guidance and self-reflection or simply just want a good eye-opening read, then this book is a great choice.
Katerina’s Favorite Quote:
“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.”
I particularly like this quote because it brings to light the fact that we are in charge of our own happiness. I think that in many ways, our life is a sort of blank canvas. We choose which colours we want to paint with and what we want to create. We paint with black when we are feeling despaired because it is much easier to coat the canvas with darkness and be done with it. It takes much more effort to choose which colours we want to add to the white paint and mix them together to create a different hue.
You are the artist of your life. You paint what you wish to paint and so your life is what you make it out to be. Paint the picture that you have always envisioned and make it breathe colour.