Rocky Mountain Bound

February 13th

close up of the clouds, mom's fabric painting

I found this somewhere a year ago and keep re-reading from my journal. Smart, powerful, motivating words:

The Four Agreements

By Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz

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 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 dreams. 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 tired as opposed to well-rested. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

I’m taking a few days to travel and refuel. I’ll be back next week with lots of photos and renewed spirits. With luck, I’ll have made these agreements. In the meantime, give Cupid a kiss for me and have yourself a sweet Valentine’s!


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25 Responses

  1. Thank you. I just had a mis-understanding with a co-worker. This helps me get through it. Peace and enjoy your travels.

  2. What thoughtful words Miss Kelli. I just e-mailed them to a bunch of friends! We always need reminders like this. Thank you. Safe travels!

  3. Hope you have a great time in my beautiful home state! Dress warm–they’re predicting a snowy Valentine’s Day!

  4. Words of wisdom, for sure! Enjoy your vacation!

  5. Beautiful thoughts and lessons about the power of the spoken word. We should all aspire to live true to ourselves and others. Have a safe and relaxing trip.

  6. Great sentiments, indeed. I should really write them down myself. (and read daily!)
    Happy Travels!

  7. i really love these 4 agreements… i kept nodding and thinking yes, yes… words to remember.
    enjoy your travel my friend. thinking of you. xox

  8. I love those. They are so true too. I have problems with #2. I am always worrying about other peoples feelings and desires and I am constantly trying to guess what others are thinking. Its exhausting and crazy!

  9. Have a great time!

  10. ooooh…all should go in my journal, but 2 and 3 are the crux of all my anxiety. The hardest part is letting go and actually following through with the agreements.

  11. Oh Kelli, I love those agreements. They are things I need to write down and refer to daily. Thanks for reposting those.

    Have fun on your trip!

  12. I have that book and endeavor to keep these important points in mind, too. Have a wonderful trip, Kelli!

  13. Happy Valentine’s Day Kelli! Stop by my blog at read my post for February 14th and pick up your “Excellent Blog” award that I am passing on to you!

  14. I need to print these out and refer to them often. Serenity now!

    Have a wonderful trip and a lovely Valentine’s Day, my sweet friend!

  15. I live in close to Boulder, Co, and one time I swore I saw you at my neighbor’s house! Then I realized that if you were posting and didn’t say you weren’t at home, you’re probably not here. I also discovered later that one of my neighbors could definitely pass for you from far away. Anyway, crazy silly story aside, enjoy your trip! It’s snowy here!

  16. Great words to live by! Enjoy your relaxing vacation.

  17. Thanks. I needed that. I have the hardest time with number 3. Can’t. stand. communicating. in a tough situation. I’d rather run!

    Happy Valentine’s Day :o)

  18. Those are wonderful agreements. šŸ™‚ It would be a great world if we all tried to live them.

    Have a wonderful vacation! Enjoy the snow.

  19. I couldn’t agree more with those sentiments. Happy V’day.

    Cheers, Adla

  20. I love the Four Agreements. I need to revisit them.

    Have a great vacay.

    Much love,

  21. i am so very jealous, having mountains in sight is just the BEST. i think if i had mountains in sight daily, i could kick ass on #4.

    have a wonderful trip!

  22. Ahhhh….The Rockies! My son and daughter-in-law live in Denver. I just love it there — so much to see and do, and those wonderful mountains just a short drive away. Hope you had a great time! Love the quilt and the Four Agreements.

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    You should also have something in the mail from me when you get home!!

  24. These agreements are so powerful and so true, and they come in so handy at this time of my life. Thanks for sharing, as always.