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Always Do Your Best

Weekly Focal Point

“Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to when you are sick. Under any circumstances, simply always do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.”

~ Don Miguel Ruiz ~
(Author of Four Agreements)

The 4 Agreements Series
4. Always Do Your Best

The fourth agreement is rooted in balance. In family recovery we tend to see that our past shows a roadmap of overdoing, which leads us to feelings of depletion and frustration. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we may do less than our best and experience feelings of guilt or regret. When we allow events to unfold organically we tend to naturally find a balance in doing our best. This begins to even out for us when we can clearly define the separation between our responsibilities and the responsibility that belongs to others. We are then able to give without expectation, be more productive and live our lives intentionally. Our actions will bear more fruit when they are driven by our passions rather than an expected reward. The world around us may teach that action offers reward, but in the world of spirit, action offers alignment with the will of our Higher Power. When our daily living is in this alignment, we are able to find harmony in the journey without struggling for an expected outcome. This fourth agreement is what allows the other three to become deeply ingrained habits.

3 C’s of Al-Anon

  1. We didn’t CAUSE it
  2. We can’t CONTROL it
  3. We can’t CURE it


Considerations for the Week

  1. Do I often struggle to find my balance in my daily living by either overdoing it or not doing my best?
  2. Am I in the habit of judging myself and feeling regret about circumstances that I wish I had done differently? Do I find it hard to let that go and strive to do my best moving forward?
  3. Will I submit my frustrations, fears and feelings of guilt/shame to my Creator, asking to be shown ways to improve? Can I take those corrective measures to use constructively rather than a means to judge myself harshly?
  4. Take a moment to write down the Four Agreements somewhere you will see them each day. (Be Impeccable with your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best). Pick up a copy of the book to read!