Don’t Take It Personally

It’s kinda says it all, doesn’t it?

Who are we to let others define who we are?

According to Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements – if we take what others say about us personally, then we must believe what others say about us. When in fact, what people say about us is really about them.

In other words:

Don’t take it personally.

Not the good stuff.

Not the bad stuff.

Nothing is personal.

Each year I come up with a New School Year Resolution. I’m now in my seventh year with my own class and I think this one will help most with my (what seems to be up until now) suffering:

Don’t. Take. It. Personally.

{I thought it was worth repeating}.

What mantras help you get through the stressful times in your life? What are words you live by?

For a little background about my previous suffering – take a look at this post: The Good, The Bad and Sick of All the BS.

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11 thoughts on “Don’t Take It Personally

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    • @v3: everything is temporary is both a great comfort and a great tragedy. the yoga is helping with not being attached to the good or the bad, but man when i’m not in the zone the bad kicks my ass and the leaving of the good kicks my ass. good thing all this is a practice.

      ps – i’m glad you’re on my team.

  5. Love the post. So very, very true.

    I go through many mantras daily but the one I use everyday and try to say to myself when talking with someone is, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
    ~ Plato

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