Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Don't Take Anything Personally

Ok, kids, time to own it, somebody (it's me!) has been feeling a little sensitive lately. I'm a sensitive person, and I believe that sensitivity is a good thing; it's even a feeling we affirm in B.E.S.T. And I am grateful for my sensitivity, I think of it as a map pointing me towards what works for me and away from what doesn't.

There's a difference between being sensitive and taking things personally though, and lately, I've been taking things personally.  So today, I took a little refresher course on The Second Agreement from The Four Agreements, which is: "Don't Take Anything Personally."

Don Miguel Ruiz says, "Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one [you] live in. Even when a situation seems so personal, even if others insult you directly, it has nothing to do with you."

But wait! It gets better, "Whatever people do, feel, think, or say, don't take it personally. If they tell you how wonderful you are, they are not saying that because of you. You know you are wonderful. It is not necessary to believe other people who tell you you are wonderful. Even the opinions you have about yourself are not necessarily true; therefore, you don't need to take whatever you hear in your own mind personally."

For reals guys, if we can't believe everything we think, we certainly can't believe everything or anything anybody else thinks.

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