"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi
According to don Miguel Ruiz in "The Four Agreements", language is power. With these four agreements, we increase our personal power and use language in positive ways. The four agreements are:
- 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
I know that this is easier said than done, but I believe that these four principles are one of the ways that I can BE the change I want to see.
Some days, all I want in the world is to have someone say, "I see you. I see that you are trying to do good work." I have to be sure that I am telling people this. I think I do, to an extent, but I have to make that process more purposeful. For me, it would be a huge relief to go to bed each night able to run through the day and know that I acknowledged people, that our interactions were as positive as they could be.
Every day is day one, right?
Change #6: Acknowledge someone everyday. Maybe someone I wouldn't normally think to acknowledge. Document it.