Spiritual Sustenance

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
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, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.3. 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.

4. 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.

The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz

8 thoughts on “Spiritual Sustenance

    • Thank you kindly! I love Don Miguel Ruiz. Here in New Jersey, I’d have to say the most important one of the Four Agreements is not to take anything personally. So many people, crowded into one place and you know somebody’s in a mood! Just have to keep reminding yourself not to let it get stuck in your psyche. Take care! 🙂 Ruth

  1. in567

    Oy, #3 is a toughie. I’m always afraid to ask questions cuz I don’t wanna bother nobody or make me sound even dumber than they/he/she most likely thinks I am. And then I pay the price in making a mistake from those assumptions or being misunderstood for why I did what I did. So in the end, I had caused a mess. Dagnabbit. So thanks a bunchie for this reminder, Ruth!

    p.s. Thanks so much for the kind comment on my possible goodbye post. Man, blogging is a wonder to me. I LOVE to blog. But I don’t like social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. It’s like askin’ for it to say so in today’s world. Because I see such FB addicts all around me, I have a distaste for it. Happens during Army trainings, folks anywhere outdoors… everywhere. Even the sis says her nurse co-workers are always breaking the no-cell rules cuz they’re in FB. Anyhow, it’s like their life revolves around how many “Likes” they received that day. So I closed my FB and Twitter, cuz I didn’t see a need for them, unless I might have a business or sumthin’ in the future. In regards to bloggin’, I wonder if I should remove my Like button. But then it irks me when I like another blogger’s post and there’s no Like button. That’s why I just keep mine on there. That long shabang is one of the reasons I’m considerin’ closin’ shop.
    Another reason is cuz like I had mentioned in my About page, K dramas can be addicting. I know many (MANY) non-Koreans more addicted to them than my peeps. It’s incredible. Because any addiction is crappy, I try my best to post only those K dramas that are straight through “clean” to watch. Therefore, I am resisting including one which was 90% great – just cuz there was a love scene in 1 episode at the end of it. Don’t want to cause more bad marriages to get worse. Can that really happen? It has, to women I personally know. So that’s another reason. I enjoy K dramas. But newbie fans may need to overcome the problem of possible over-watching (= wasted time).
    The blog was started because of friends’ asking me my own K show suggestions. I share those that are family friendly, clean, and enjoyed by many (not a frequent combo, as you can imagine in today’s available entertainment).
    And then there’s the photos I like to take and post up. Blogs are the perfect place to post up words with pictures. A really cool venue, way betta than FB or Twitter. But then I wonder to myself about the whole shabang of it all. I yearn to share about Christ in my posts, while I am sharing what my friends would like to know from me about K stuffs. Can those who are non-believers ever really possibly check out them posts that have to do with faith? Not sure.
    When I take a look at where I stand, what’s the issue? I love bloggin’. What a hobby! The first that I’d like to stick with forever! Unlike cross-stitching and beaded jewelrey-making – and I don’t have to buy any supplies! Woohoo!
    But for WHOM am I doin’ it for, is the question that keeps comin’ up in my mind. Due to that question, I shall pray about it for this week and see what I believe the Lord wants me to do. To blog or not to blog. I so admire your writings, Ruth. You’re a swell writer. I always read your posts with much agreement and encouragement. Thank you!

  2. I hear ya, In. You’re preaching to the choir about Facebook! I was on for a while because Prayables asked me to promote the website, but there was so much negativity that I had to leave it.

    You know, as far as the blogging question goes, I think you just need time to figure out how to make it work for you. You want to share your interests, like K-movies, etc., but you also want to get something out of it spiritually.

    Maybe it’s time to branch out into other types of writing, like asking if you can contribute to your church’s newsletter (if they have one). I actually think you’d be great at writing kids’ picture books, because you have an upbeat energy and a colorful way of expressing yourself. I’d buy that book, for sure!

    I say, take a sabbatical and pray it out. It’ll come to you. You’ve got this, girlfriend!! 🙂

    • in567

      My church had requested for help in their media room once, so I went. As soon as I walked in, I thought I was gonna break sumthin’. Or make an electrical circuit go off cuz I had accidentally pressed a button somewhere. In the end, I just left and said that I was so sorry. I just didn’t think I could be of any use in that maze of a room, where I’m not even technically savvy. Then I tried HELPING with teaching the elementary kids. That went nowhere, cuz I didn’t know what in the world to do. Reminded me of when my best friend told me about the time her husband had volunteered to teach the high schoolers at their church. One male student had said, “This is stupid.” Hahaha!
      Well, I’ve returned to letcha know that I’ve fallen off the wagon again. And this time, I’m gonna just stay on it, dagnabbit. Just like how I can’t quit coffee (cuz I don’t drink enough water), I won’t shut the door on this new blog anymore. Won’t input much, but it’ll just remain there. Ever come across some really great blogs and wished the writers for ’em would come back and write sumthin’ again, cuz you’ve read all of their posts already? I just sigh a “ho hum” and wait. Makes me feel like that when I’m not writing myself, I think. Sumthin’ like dat. Anyhow, it’s TGIF here on Guam. Biggie hug to ya through the Pacific!

      • I’ve had a few volunteer moments where I realized I wasn’t cut out for this thing I was so gung-ho to do, too, girlfriend! Sometimes they tell you, just show up, we’ll put you to work, but you get there and just putter around, feeling useless. I suppose it’s the thought that counts there! 🙂 Still Thursday here in Joizey – let me know how tomorrow turns out!!

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