As a career professional, volunteer, mom, wife, and friend, I focus on the positive aspects of life, even when the road is rough getting there. Life is funny. How you treat others, how you handle situations, and how you live each day is your responsibility ... so are the outcomes.
Okay, so it's my birthday today. Each birthday, I reflect on the year past - accomplishments, family gained, family lost, answered & unanswered prayers, quality time with family and friends, but most of all, how I have been to myself and others. If tomorrow never came, what lasting impression would I leave behind? Did I hold true to my beliefs, morals, and values. Did I speak to and treat others as I would want to be treated? What positive improvements can I make each day to help myself accomplish my goals and dreams, while helping others achieve theirs in the process?
Over the past year, I have also come to understand, no matter what you do or say, people in your life will seperate from you. Schedules get to busy. People's lives change and move in different directions. For those, who do drift away for their own reasons, especially family, their safety and well-being is prayed for each day in hopes one day they will find their way back to me.
I have found these words to live by have had a lasting impact on my daily life, thought process, and communications with others. They are in a frame and hung on the wall next to my desk at work, so I see and read them every day often times more than once. I believe, if everyone were to read and truly commit themselves to these agreements, the environment and we would be much happier and healthier.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. 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.
Have an Empowering Day!