4 Rules Everyone Should Live By To Become A Better Person.
In 1997 Mexican author Don Miguel Ruiz published "The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Wisdom". Over the past two decades these four pillars have motivated and inspired thousands of people. His reminders to be cautious yet purposeful, humble yet confident, and inquisitive yet respectful can completely transform your life. Read the following four phrases, with added instruction underneath, out loud and see if they have a place in your life.
1. BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
a. Speak with integrity.
b. Say only what you mean.
c. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.
d. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
2. DON'T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
a. Nothing others do is because of you.
b. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.
c. 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
a. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.
b. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.
c. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
a. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.
b. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
Source: Ruiz, Don Miguel. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Wisdom. Amber-Allen Publishing. 1997. Print.
"It wasn't me!"
There's not much you can do when the righteous fist of the law comes down on you. Call it a mix-up, or call it a mistake, if someone's pegged you at the scene of a crime there's not much you can do but trust the justice system to prove you innocent. However, that's a gamble, and just because you've been given a "not guilty" doesn't mean the effects won't follow you for the rest of your life.
Reddit user, u/danbrownskin, wanted to hear about the times when it wasn't you, seriously, it was someone else, when they asked: