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The 5th Agreement


Be skeptical and learn to listen – Be skeptical because most of what you hear is not true. Learn to listen because when you learn to listen you understand the meaning of symbols people are using, you understand their stories, and the communication improves.

Truth or fiction, you don’t have to believe anyone’s story. You don’t have to form an opinion about what someone says. You don’t have to express your own opinion. You don’t have to agree or disagree. You just listen.

Humans carry our past, our history around with us, like carrying a heavy corpse. Humans are the only animal on earth that continues to punish ourselves for the same mistake. You are the artist. You can arrange the symbols in any manner you prefer. You can express your feelings, thoughts, and dreams. Once you are aware, you can become responsible for your own evolution, for every choice you make in life.

You don’t need to compete with anyone else. You don’t need to compare yourself with anyone else. You just need to be who you are. You don’t need to search for God. God never left you. The truth is happening right in front of you. To experience life is to experience truth.

CITE: The Fifth Agreement by Don Ruiz



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

3 thoughts on “The 5th Agreement

  1. Wow. Thanks for the review. Caught me with the first sentence (as we move into Pinocchio/lying season of elections).
    Focus on the facts (what is true and what is not). Organize them. And decisions tend to make themselves.
    I’ll have to give this book a try (as soon as I have time for leisure reading). 🙂

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