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"The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom" By: Miguel Angel Ruiz
Transcript of "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom" By: Miguel Angel Ruiz
By: Miguel Angel Ruiz
"You overestimate or underestimate yourself because you haven't taken the time to ask yourself questions and to answer them." ~ Chp: 4 Pg: 69
I often tell myself that I cannot do the things I am passionate about. I end up not being able to do them because I do not go into the practice of doing what I love thinking that I can succeed.
The human race has been domesticated and through that domestication we have forgotten our ability to ask for what we want instead of just assuming. We believe instinctively that there is already a made path we must all follow. I want to try harder to remember to ask myself what I want for myself and why exactly I want it.
I thought this was a good example of people making assumptions as it shows a girl being bullied and then, in the next photo, the tables have turned on one of the bullies. This, for me, symbolizes that you cannot assume the way people act is a direct reflection of how they truly feel. They might be going through something as well and taking it out on you. This doesn't mean you should take abuse but you should never make the assumption that it's all about you.
This agreement resonated with me in particular because I am someone who does not live the life I would like to because I am too afraid of the possible consequences. I have the propensity to over analyze every step I take and avoid doing the things I may enjoy or in the least learn from. I dislike this quality about myself.
My biggest dream is to be a writer. As a writer, one must learn to accept the idea of failure and learn not only to keep writing in spite of it, but to write the story you want to write as well. I constantly tell myself that I will only fail, that the stories I wish to tell are uninteresting or would never be published. I make the assumption that I do not know how to do the one thing I've always done.
"If you don't understand, ask. Have the courage to ask questions until you are as clear as you can, and even then do not assume you know all there is to know about a given situation" ~ Chp: 4 Pg: 72
"CHAPTER FOUR: THE THIRD AGREEMENT:
DON'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS"
When I was younger I was a very partial person. I believed that there was only one worthwhile, valid mind set and that anything else was just wrong. I was very narrow minded which caused me to put my faith in the wrong people because I assumed they were the only right people. I ended up having my assumptions proven false and came to the realization that I could not judge someone based upon a cursory first glance, rather I should always attempt to be kind and respectful to all I meet, and moreover, that I should not assume they know just as much and have already afforded me the same courtesy.
"All the sadness and drama you have lived in your life was rooted in making assumptions and taking things personally." ~ Chp: 4 Pg: 64
We all, at one point in our life, go through conflicts with our bodies. As we become insecure we begin to assume that everyone around is better looking or at least more comfortable. We never allow ourselves to take a moment and breathe because we believe there is a timer on our lives and we have to look "good" all the time.
Everyone faces body image issues. Celebrities especially are scrutinized about their weight, amongst a million other things, as people worry about their being too thin or too curvy. The media is constantly giving us mixed messages about acceptable body mass and it is because of this and the fact that we are not the celebrities depicted in the magazines but ourselves, we cannot assume that whatever they say one day or the next is the only acceptable truth when it comes to our weight and to our beauty.
"We do not need to justify love; it is there or not there. Real love is accepting other people the way they are without trying to change them. If we try to change them, this means we don't really like them." Chp: 4 Pg: 70
For true love to exist it must be unconditional, otherwise it isn't true. Conditional love is based upon a perceived idea of love that is not real, it is something we create when we are not satisfied with our reality of love.
The biggest example I can think of to represent unconditional, true love would have to be my family. They have seen me through some of my worst moments and have never stopped loving me nor have they stopped me from doing what makes me happy.