Some years ago, I read a brief and wonderful book called The Four Agreements.
The four agreements, made even shorter, are these:
Be Impeccable With Your Words
Don't Take Anything Personally
Don't Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best
This week, I started reading To Kill A Mockingbird.
A conversation between 8 year old sister Scout and 12 year old brother Jem:
"Scout, don't let Aunty aggravate you."
It seemed only yesterday that he was telling me not to aggravate Aunty.
"You know she's not used to girls," Jem said, "leastways, not girls like you. She's trying to make you a lady. Can't you take up sewin' or somethin'?"
"Hell no. She doesn't like me, that's all there is to it, and I don't care."
She may not be impeccable with her words, but Scout lives by the 2nd Agreement.