E... never forget your worth as a human being. You are comprised of body, heart, and soul and are made in the image of God. Being a human can be tricky because even though all are made of body, heart, and soul, human personality can morph and take on characteristics that resemble, more often than not, members of the animal kingdom. A friend once told me to become aware of the fact that humanity is sometimes like a topless bucket of crabs. As soon as one starts to make progress in getting out, the others will pull it back into the mix with the rest of them striving for the exact same thing.
Some of the most important tools I’ve encountered when it comes to navigating life are the ones taught in don Miguel Ruiz’s Toltec wisdom book, The Four Agreements. This technique for living heightens awareness through a powerful code of conduct that can transform the way life is experienced through interaction with others. As my one and a half year old is learning more and more about the world and the people around her, she'll need to go into life equipped with the necessary tools to experience a thriving existence.
I couldn’t find anything online about the wisdom practices being adapted for a child’s mind, so I wanted to come up with some visual representations of the tokens that could be turned into art or something for her wall. As she gets older, I hope she’ll ask me questions about what they mean…
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.
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.
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.
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.