-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.
The last Agreement, or as I always say the last foundation of the "bridge" is Always Do Your Best. Example: There are tymes we put together lists, and we push ourselves so hard to finish this list, only to fynd ourselves getting a bit troubled that we did not finish it. But, bottom line is, it's ok. Because you have done your best. Itsetad of looking what was not completed, look what was done. This shows what you don't have to do next day.
This agreement tells us our best will change from moment to moment. Why? Because Life changes constantly. Best thought out plans will disappear. So, we have to learn to be flexible, and under the circumstances Always try to do our Best.
The 4th Agreement even tells us, between being healthy and being ill, will affect us. This is true. But if we adhere to the principals as basic foundations, that even thou being ill, we still can do our best. Why? Because, it is choosing a positive action for ourselves. When we choose positive and healthy actions, it results in same.
The 4th Agreement ends as : Simply do your best, and you will Avoid Self-Judgement, Self-Abuse, and Regret. This statement is very powerful. If we just do our best, than we know, we have been honest and done what we felt what was right.
Agreement 1 teaches us how to avoid Self-Judgement. That is to be impeccable with our words to ourselves. Avoid using words to harm ourselves.
Agreement 2 teaches us how to not take things personally, by others but also by ourselves. Because when we do take things personally, than we will become "victims of needless suffering". This is a form of Self-Abuse.
Agreement 3 teaches us how to not make Assumptions. When we assume things, we are only guessing things. So if someone said something and we felt miffed or hurt by what they said, and we did not asked what they meant, and we kept quiet about it, would we not feel angry about it? or sad about it? Same goes for us also, sometymes we do things and say yes, instead of no, and we really wanted to say no, but we did not truly communicated, yet, we feel a bit frustrated inside, more so towards ourselves instead of them, and we regret doing what we wind up doing. Always remember, if we feel regret, it is resentment, reentment is the "emotional video playback" of being angry or upset of something.
As you can see all 4 Agreement do work and interlace with each other. By using all 4 Agreements, you learn to be Aware of yourself. How you react, how you see, how you make choices. Personally, I always love to call the 4 Agreements the Bridge of Awareness. Awareness will not make changes. Only you and me as the person can make changes. Our own changes. No one elses. The Agreements are simple. Yet, they can make major changes in one's Life's. One step and One day at a tyme.
Walk In Peace
1-beyond fear- migul ruiz
2-voice of knowldge-migul ruiz
3-seat of the soul-gary zuchov
Don Miguel Ruiz's book, The Four Agreements was published in 1997. For many, The Four Agreements is a life-changing book, whose ideas come from the ancient Toltec wisdom of the native people of Southern Mexico.
The Toltec were 'people of knowledge' - scientists and artists who created a society to explore and conserve the traditional spiritual knowledge and practices of their ancestors. The Toltec viewed science and spirit as part of the same entity, believing that all energy - material or ethereal - is derived from and governed by the universe.
Don Miguel Ruiz, born and raised in rural Mexico, was brought up to follow his family's Toltec ways by his mother, a Toltec faith healer, and grandfather, a Toltec 'nagual', a shaman.
Despite this, Don Miguel decided to pursue a conventional education, which led him to qualify and practice for several years as a surgeon.
Following a car crash, Don Miguel Ruiz reverted to his Toltec roots during the late 1970's, first studying and learning in depth the Toltec ways, and then healing, teaching, lecturing and writing during the 1980's and 90's, when he wrote The Four Agreements (published in 1997), The Mastery of Love (1999), The Four Agreements Companion Book (2000), and Prayers (2001).
Don Miguel Ruiz survived a serious heart attack 2002, since when his teachings have been largely channelled through seminars and classes run by his followers, notably his sons Don Jose Luis and Don Miguel Ruiz Junior. Like many gurus and philosophical pioneers. The simple ideas of The Four Agreements provide an inspirational code for life; a personal development model, and a template for personal development, behaviour, communications and relationships.