The Four Agreements – A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
A short book about Wisdom, this is based on the Toltec Tradition, which I hadn’t heard of, apparently stemming from Mexico.
Wisdom, so long as filtered through common sense, is Wisdom. And the ideas here could easily come from India, China or Europe. That is not intended to cause offence in any way, but practically there are overlaps in what the various Wisdom traditions teach, especially when it comes to practical rules of daily living. and observance.
That said its nice to read a different perspective on Wisdom – it stimulates thought and contemplation.
The Four Agreements are stated as:
- Be Impeccable With Your Word
- Don’t Take Anything Personally
- Don’t Make Assumptions
- Always Do Your Best
I think its hard to argue with those? Yet how often do we not adhere to them? I know I am someone who easily takes things too personally, and almost certainly I jump to assumptions.
Over 140 easy to read pages the author then expands these concepts, and whilst there were no earth shattering revelations here, none the less the exposition was useful and thought provoking. Hopefully a bit of it rubbed off.
If you would like some holiday reading, something for a train or plane journey, or a fresh outlook, you could do worse than this little book.