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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom - Miguel Ruiz The Ten Commandments, the Tao, the “Golden Rule”, and also the “Four Agreements: what do they all have in common? Well, I’m sure there are many things; however, I want to focus on something that resonates with me. It seems to me, and I am admittedly biased, that so many of life’s great lessons are actually quite simple in their instruction, yet not always so simple in their application. Don Miguel’s book, “The Four Agreements” outlines one major idea/agreement, “Be impeccable with your word” that is supported by three other “agreements”: “Don’t make assumptions”, “Don’t take anything personally”, and “Always do your best.”

The author feels, as do I, that when a person implements these agreements consistently into their life then the quality of life will improve; however, as is so often the case, some of us are quick to agree with an idea, we say we “Know that already” and then we go back to our old ways. As with any great wisdom, applying the idea consistently into our relationships with others, and with life in general, is the true challenge. If things aren’t working for us, then perhaps we need to alter our perceptions and establish new “agreements” that better serve us and humanity. Although I enjoyed this book and the message it shares, I am a long way from consistently heading the words it contains. Bottom line: if everything in your life is working, then you don’t need this book. If, like most of us though, you are looking to find ways to make improvements, then this book is one more tool to help