I mentioned in an earlier post that I would never talk about my work place. And I won’t refer to work specifically. But I did come across some finer points that can apply to all aspects of life and especially your work environment.
I was browsing through the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. And I was astounded by the simple wisdom of his words. Read slowly…
1. Be impeccable with your word.
Speak with integrity.
How peaceful would our lives be if we adhered to this first agreement? It’s possible. Avoid gossip? I’m certain half the population could stop taking their antidepressants if we were to eliminate gossip. Gossip makes us all look bad. The gossiper, the gossiped, it truly is a lose-lose situation.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.
So instead of being super-sensitive, easily offended, thin-skinned (like I am) try to remember it’s them. You can’t be responsible for someone else’s actions.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.
Communicate with others clearly to avoid misunderstandings and drama.
Seriously, who couldn’t use less drama in their lives?
4. Always do your best.
Understand your best will change from moment to moment, day to day.
Our best efforts will vary, we’re only human, but doing our best will give us a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
I’ve written these four Agreements down on a note pad I keep in my purse. Ideally, a poster size version by my desk would be great … but I will keep my reminders close at hand and do my best to apply this simple wisdom.
Rave: Simple truths.