Speaking of downsizing and de-cluttering...
~~ Don Miguel Ruiz
The last time I visited one of my sisters she was radically cleaning out clutter and downsizing in preparation for a 9 month backpacking trip across several countries. I knew her trip was on the horizon, although it was several months away.
When I got back to Dallas and unpacked, I found a little framed item that she had stashed in my suitcase when I wasn't looking. It held some quotes credited to Don Miguel Ruiz. I realized that during my visit I had remarked that I really liked the quotes, and that they really spoke to me. She apparently had decided that I should have them! I was so touched by her thoughtfulness... I don't have a lot of knick knack items in my house (I loathe dusting) so I removed the quotes from the frame and taped them to my bathroom mirror. I do love their sentiments, and I really do find they serve as good daily reminders for me. It's a little bit of clutter on my mirror, but it's okay.
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 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. 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 healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
~~ Don Miguel Ruiz