I’m updating my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2022. I need four more books, and I have many unfinished books left lying around, so I can finish them and meet the challenge. One such book is “The Four Agreements.”
The Four Agreements deal with deepening our awareness and spirituality. The First Agreement is the hardest to enforce, follow, and continue to enforce. It is, “Be Impeccable With Your Word.” It means speaking absolute truth, and making sure your word is gold. Integrity depends on it. I can handle someone who cannot do their job for reasons that are valid; I cannot tolerate a liar under any circumstances. None. I’m an ACOA (Adult Child of an Alcoholic) and trust is vital in relationships for me. Nothing less. If I cannot trust you, sorry, not sorry, see you later.
The Second Agreement is “Don’t Take Anything Personally,” is one I’m working on, still. Being human, I’m still imperfect. It’s hard not to take some things personally, when you’ve been led to believe you had little worth. In this world, others are driven to say and do things as they only are thinking of themselves. You do not figure in the equation, so learn to not insert yourself into it. Saves lots of beating ourselves up.
The Third Agreement is, “Don’t Make Assumptions” That is a great piggyback on to #2, and with practice, ensures much better communication.
The Fourth Agreement? “Always Do Your Best.” These Agreements were taught by the Toltec, who were women and men in Mexico who were considered ahead of the rest of the world regarding knowledge, spirituality, and the way to living completely in love. Love for ourselves, for our planet, surroundings, our people, purpose, and especially for our days. Days lived in love are so much better than days lived in fear, hatred, and discontent.
I only had about 40 more pages to finish in this book, but I found it so interesting, I went to Amazon and ordered the other 5 to the set of training in Toltec Wisdom. I figure it will be a great study for when I have a little down time after the first of the year, right? It will be a great way to start the year out. 2023, my year of wisdom.
You know, that’s usually the way it goes for me. I have a book, read it, and then decide I need to order another book to learn more about what the first book talked about. Does it ever end? For a book nerd like me, no. Just like my music collection never ends, nor my fabric acquisitions, nor my library. The world is so full of beauty and knowledge, I just want to marvel at all of it.
The Babe has near pneumonia and is on three medications. Yesterday, I came down with a cough like he started out with, and I may be going to the doctor before the day is over. I’ve had a couple of bad days as far as energy is concerned, and resting didn’t seem to help. Hopefully, things will change by tomorrow.
I hope you have a lovely day today. Today is the 34th anniversary of the death of my father. He was a youngster of 64, just retired. I still miss him. I wish he’d met the Babe. They’d have gotten along famously. They will meet some day. Just not now. I will have a lovely day, despite the anniversary it is. The world is such a beautiful place, and I can enjoy that a lot. The pups we have convey a lot of affection, and that’s wonderful. Such creatures, great and small. We all have a lot of beauty and joy in our lives. Let’s make sure to enjoy it. See you tomorrow!