It’s the 15th already. The Chinese coin picture is just for fun. They are worth 15 US cents and 7.5 cents respectively. It’s also my mom’s birthday (lots of ♥♥♥! ) – and the 50th of a dear friend in Seattle – so I added some philosophy gleaned from a write-up in Bloomberg Businessweek about the American fast-food chain Panda Express. The article mentions that CEO Andrew Cherng (left in the picture) expects employees to buy into a process he calls ‘a continuous commitment to sharpening yourself’. Oof. Now that sounds like work ! : ) .. but the article also mentions Don Miguel Ruiz and his famous and most influential work, The Four Agreements. So I had to look it up (see below), and I like it. I like number 2 the most!
The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz’s Code for Life
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.