I was surprised to see that The Four Agreements is 15 years old already. I remember reading that book (which you can look for here) when it first came out. For who I was and what I was going through in my life, it was the perfect thing to read. It definitely changed the focus of my friendships and relationships.
I saw the author of The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz, on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday programming a while back, and it reminded me of how important the book had been for me in my life. At the time it came out, I bought several copies and gave them to friends and family members. It was one of those books that makes you think but isn't so hard to digest that you spend years trying to figure it out. Instead, the concepts are simple. So simple, in fact, that you think they aren't even possible at first.
Like the first agreement, "Be Impeccable With Your Word." Sounds simple, right? What's so hard about it. But if you think about how many lies you tell others and yourself throughout an average day, when you really stop and pay attention to how your mind works, it's incredibly powerful. It's simple, and yet, you might spend years working on this one concept.
I've mentioned The Four Agreements a few times here. Once when I talked about the news anchor who confronted a bully with her powerful statement on TV and another time when I talked about the importance of being impeccable with your word. In case you're not familiar with this book or its concepts, I've got tips on how to apply the concepts behind the four agreements to your friendships.
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