The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is one of my favorites. This suggestion came from Isa GlitterGirl Isaacs and I jumped on it. Though it’s not something I’ve thought about illustrating, it really struck home with me because of A) How much the book has effected me on a personal level and B) How interesting it would be to illustrate a philosophical concept.
The book talks about the four basic concepts you can employ in every day life to live richer, and be in harmony with the people and world around you. It’s easy and it all makes sense, but to see it laid out like that, might be the inspiration you need right now to be a happier you.
The four agreements written in the illustration are:
1. Be impeccable with your word
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
3. Don’t Make Assumptions and
4. Always do Your Best
It may not even seem immediately apparent what these have to do with being better to those around you, yourself most of all, but read the book and try it. It might make a huge difference for you.
I still remember riding the bus to Lima Peru with my new friend Robert Nicholls while he read and told me about the benefits. We met in a hostel in Cusco and became good friends in a short time. I watched him maintain full calm, resolve and acceptance even in times of crises (stollen backpacks and eaten ATM cards) and was able to maintain my own. I knew I wanted whatever he was having. Sure enough reading that book helped me see the big picture.