Today, you will start to complete your journey to personal freedom.
“The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three: ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST”
When I read this for the first time, I was concerned that Ruiz wanted us readers to push ourselves constantly to our limits. Like a super athlete aiming for the gold medal at the next Olympics. But this is actually not the case.
I understand it basically as an appeal to a consistent application of the first three agreements. “As you build the habit of the four agreements, your best will become better than it used to be.”
Ruiz lays emphasize on the fact that our best varies: “Everything is alive and changing all the time, so your best will sometimes be high quality, and other times it will be not as good.”
I see today lots of people at work and in their free time acting like crazy to achieve certain goals which were actually set by other people. Ruiz encourages us not to do that, and I love the example he gives about the meditation in the Buddhist temple: “You are not here to sacrifice your joy or your life. You are here to live, to be happy, and to love.”
“Doing your best is taking the action because you love it, not because you are expecting a reward. Most people do exactly the opposite.”
“If you take action just for the sake of doing it, without expecting a reward, you will find that you enjoy every action you do. Rewards will come, but you are not attached to the reward. (…) Doing your best really doesn’t feel like work because you enjoy whatever you are doing”
Have you ever experienced a time when you were driven? When you did something and you forgot about time? When you couldn’t wait to get up in the morning to start doing certain things?
Look deeper into these areas of your life, and you will find your destiny. Find out what you truly love doing, what you enjoy in your life, and what brings you happiness.
“You were born with the right to be happy. You were born with the right to love, to enjoy and to share your love. You are alive, so take your life and enjoy it.”
For me one of the essential aspects in this chapter is “Say no when you want to say no, and yes when you want to say yes. (…) You have the right to be you. You don’t need the acceptance of others. You express your own divinity by being alive and by loving yourself and others.”
Think about this the next time when you have to make a decision. Think about what it is that YOU truly want. And think about how many times you find others or maybe yourself saying yes because someone else wants you to say yes – but not you yourself. Feel encouraged to say what you have to say. Each time you do this, you will gain more strength and become more powerful.
“The Four Agreements are a summary of the masteries of the Toltec. You transform hell into heaven.”
It’s in your hands to become a peaceful warrior of the Toltec way. It is up to you to take the conscious decision to transform your life into what you want it to be. You can contribute to transform the world around you. Or you decide to stay in hell.
I appreciate if you share your experience, either here in the comment section or in a personal note. I am curious to get to know the experience other people make with The Four Agreements. The little book with it’s merely 140 pages had a massive impact on my life, and I highly recommend studying it rather than just reading a few posts on this blog.
Let me close by giving you something to ponder:
“To be alive is the biggest fear humans have. Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express who we really are.”