Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment. It will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
Don't make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Do not take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you will not be the victim of needless suffering.
"Speak with integrity and say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against your Self, or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love."
don Miguel Ruiz
"Be Impeccable with Your Word
The first agreement is the most important one and also the most difficult one to honor. It is so important that with just this first agreement you will be able to transcend to the level of existence I call heaven on earth.
The first agreement is to be impeccable with your word. It sounds very simple, but it is very, very powerful.
Why your word? Your word is the power that you have to create. Your word is the gift that comes directly from God. The Gospel of John in the Bible, speaking of the creation of the universe, says, “In the beginning there was the word, and the word was with God, and the word is God.” Through the word you express your creative power. It is through the word that you manifest everything. Regardless of what language you speak, your intent manifests through the word. What you dream, what you feel, and what you really are, will all be manifested through the word.
The word is not just a sound or a written symbol. The word is a force; it is the power you have to express and communicate, to think, and thereby to create the events in your life. You can speak. What other animal on the planet can speak? The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human; it is the tool of magic. But like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everything around you. One edge is the misuse of the word, which creates a living hell. The other edge is the impeccability of the word, which will only create beauty, love, and heaven on earth. Depending upon how it is used, the word can set you free, or it can enslave you even more than you know. All the magic you possess is based on your word. Your word is pure magic, and misuse of your word is black magic.
The human mind is like a fertile ground where seeds are continually being planted. The seeds are opinions, ideas, and concepts. You plant a seed, a thought, and it grows. The word is like a seed, and the human mind is so fertile! The only problem is that too often it is fertile for the seeds of fear. Every human mind is fertile, but only for those kinds of seeds it is prepared for. What is important is to see which kind of seeds our mind is fertile for, and to prepare it to receive the seeds of love."
"When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I did not understand the assignment. And I told them they did not understand life."
"The past is the past and has nothing to do with you. It has nothing to do with Right Now. Do not let anything from your past inhibit you in this Present Moment. Start over. Start Fresh. Each day. Each hour, if it serves you. Heck, each minute. Just get going."
I was walking through a small, humble chapel in Italy the other day. In Tovo San Giacomo. And although this chapel didn't hold the pomp and noble and its walls more than just weathered and worn, it was one of the most beautiful chapels I have ever seen. It was simply a chapel, not a cathedral. And walking through this chapel, I was thinking to myself, "Did they know they were leaving their unknown signature behind? Quietly, silently? Did they know they were making this world all the more beautiful for simply creating something sacred like this? Did they wonder of all the people, generations later, that may one day walk through these doors and say a prayer of their fears and hopes? Bringing in all their stories like an offering to the altar?"
These are the questions I have asked myself in all the chapels and great cathedrals I have ever walked through, as I said a prayer myself.
And then it dawned on me in that moment. Those weren't the questions they were asking themselves all those years and years upon years ago. They were simply answering. They were answering to their passion. And answering to their faith. To their belief and to their inner voice. They were answering to the only thing they knew to do. And they were answering to God.
These days, I believe we too often forget to simply answer, rather we are always questioning. We question what the reward is. We question if the work we do is seen or noticed. We question if we are good enough. We question if we will be loved. We question if we can make ends meet. And I have to admit, I catch myself asking these questions every now and then as well.
But the truth is, we are here to simply live our passions, our faiths, our beliefs, our dreams. And we are here to answer. We are here to silently, beautifully answer.
Last night I came across this video. And it went hand in hand and heart in heart with so many of my thoughts.
All those moments we feel invisible. Unseen. Unnoticed. All those moments we can't see our own worth.
Remember, you are building a beautiful cathedral.
PS. Thank you Nicole Johnson and Fresh Brewed Life, Inc.
"You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you. Today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is. If you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.
Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open. That incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for our pure enjoyment. Look at the sky. We so rarely look at the sky. We so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment with clouds coming and going. We just think of the weather and even the weather we don’t think of all the many nuisances of weather. We just think of good weather and bad weather. This day, right now, is unique weather. Maybe a kind that will never exactly in that form come again. That formation of clouds in the sky will never be same that is right now.
Open your eyes. Look at that. Look at the faces of people whom you meet. Each one has an incredible story behind their face, a story that you could never fully fathom. Not only their own story but the story of their ancestors. We all go back so far and in this present moment on this day all the people you meet, all that life from generations and from so many places all over the world flows together and meets you here like a life-giving water if you only open your heart and drink.
Open your heart to that incredible gift that civilization gives to us. You flip a switch and there is electric light. You turn a faucet and there is warm water and cold water… and drinkable water. It’s a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.
These are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which we can open your heart. and so I wish that you will open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you… that everyone you will meet at this day will be blessed by you.
Just by your own eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you. Then it will really be a good day."
"Our lives are made up of a series of moments. If you are lucky, you will get to have hundreds, even thousands of them. There will be small moments. And Moments when you are doing something so mundane you won't even realize you are in a moment. There will also be big moments. Life changing ones. These ones will be in your memory for an awfully long time. Keep them all safe. And this, this also is a moment."
"Life is not about expecting, hoping and wishing. it is about doing, being and becoming. It is about the choices you have just made, and the ones you are about to make. it is about the things you choose to say. Today. And it is about what you are going to do after you finish reading this."
"The beauty of it all is that I can sit back and look at my journey until now and I am encouraged and invigorated. Yes, I have many lessons more to learn, I am sure I will fail and fall, but I know I will stand up and soar again. Life is beautiful."
Cynthia C. Denton Excerpts from the book "A Queen Within"