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.
Don’t take anything personally – Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t make assumptions – Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Always do your best – Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
mental freedom is not extinguished in the mind
of person? To whom can we say that his mind
is free. I call him free who with his conscience
awake realises his rights, responsibilities and
duties. He who is not a slave of circumstances
and is always ready and striving to change them
in his flavor, I call him free. One who is not a
slave of usage, customs, of meaningless rituals
and ceremonies, of superstitions and traditions;
whose flame of reason has not been
extinguished, I call him a free man. He who has
not surrendered his free will and abdicated his
intelligence and independent thinking, who does
not blindly act on the teachings of others, who
does not blindly accept anything without
critically analysing and examining its veracity
and usefulness, who is always prepared to
protect his rights, who is not afraid of ridicule
and unjust public criticism, who has a sound
conscience and self-respect so as not become a
tool in the hands of others, I call him a free
man. He who does not lead his life under the
direction of others, who sets his own goal of life
according to his own reasoning and decides for
himself as to how and in what way life should
be lead, is a free man. In short, who is a master
of his own free will, him alone I call a free man.
~ Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar ~