“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”. These are the words of The Toltec, written by Don Miguel Ruiz in The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book which I have recently picked up from my local library.
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I had the pleasure of enjoying this gentleman’s company one afternoon last June in the countryside of Denmark. I was blessed to be in such a beautiful country, exploring its countryside, paddocks, windmills, flowers and its locals. Though beautiful, this was a challenging trip for me, and one I navigated without my better half due to it being a work trip. How do you see the beauty around you and be true to yourself when surrounded by those who wish to tear you down? Though challenging, I learned more than I ever thought I could on this trip. Not only about myself, but others. The biggest lesson learned was you truly cannot change the actions, values, and beliefs of others. You only have control of yourself, your values, and your beliefs. Do not let the negatively and insecurities of others infiltrate your mind and ruin the beautiful gift of day to day life and exploring the world. I learned to take in the beauty around me even when surround by negativity and manipulation, and was able to experience a new country I may never have the chance to explore again. I learned to pray and hope that those who attempted to dampen my spirit would one day allow their insecurities to fall away so they too appreciate and experience the beauty around them.
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I have to admit doing the above was much harder than writing it, and it is a constant work in progress! But I got this, and you do too! Don’t allow others to tear you down. Pray for them. Their words say more about them than they do about you. You got this! Be true to you ❤️
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