It seems that January is the time we plan for the new year. Some people list resolutions, some set goals for themselves. I would like to suggest we live our life ready for Happiness and Love as set forth by Miguel Ruiz in his book The Four Agreements. The pictures accompanying his four steps below are from another book entitled Sisters by Judy Katschke that my own sister sent to me for Christmas.
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using your words 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.
4. Always Do Your Best
Your best will not always be the same; 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.
Here's to a wonderful and happy new year filled with love and happiness!