Toltec Tools

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a great book to help nurturers move forward beyond survival towards thrival.

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The four agreements are:

1.  Be impeccable with your word.  We all know the power of words.  I learned as a teenager the importance of thinking before speaking.

2.  Don’t take anything personally.  You may be thinking, “Wait a minute.  How can I nurture myself and others if I don’t take personally my commitments and responsibilities?”  Sometimes we are much more nurturing if we can get our brain to think beyond personally:  if we can remove those emotions that serve as a hinderance to moving forward and beyond survival.  To not take anything personally is to go to a place where we are a part of a greater whole, where we are free to enjoy and love in our experiences.

3.  Make no assumptions.  I find myself assuming all day long; guessing what will produce positive results, hoping my choices on others behalf will lead to their happiness and joy.  In reality I clog myself with stress.  When I don’t assume and just let a situation play out I usually am blessed with greater clarity.

4. Do Your Best!  I have scouts so this motto is easy to remember, but to allow it to be without defensive assumptions is another story.

For such a small book this one packs a wallop of inspiration.

Great gift book. What books have you read lately that inspire you to thrive?

May you each thrive in your reading inspirations.

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About jjbailey

Professional Parent, Author, creative homemaker, and endangered species.
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    I really did enjoy this book and appreiciate the wonderful reminders of these 4 essential charactor building qualities.
    The book that has inspired me personally most recently is: Feelings Buried Alive Never Die… by Karol K. Truman. I recommend it for the value of nurturing of ourselves to become the our best to nurture others.

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