By Miguel Ruiz
"Reaching a level of personal development where you can live by these Four Agreements is achievable. It will take time, effort, dedication etc but all for a good cause - better life for yourself.
I do not believe having achieved this means you never take anything personally anymore, but simply that in the moment when one of your buttons has been pushed you are able to regain your balance short amount of time.
The same goes for making assumptions. You can catch yourself formulating an assumption in your mind, with the awareness of what your mind is attempting, you can then 'talk yourself down again'.
To me this means you are ALWAYS DOING YOUR BEST.
I do not believe we can always stop to measure our words, stop taking things personally, stop making assumptions. I believe we can acquire the life skills allowing us to regain our confidence and change our behaviour right then in the difficult moments and bring ourselves back to the level of integrity we wish to live by".
The Four Agreements are a wonderful foundation for a more comfortable, calm and content life.
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