The question came to me during savasana tonight: Why do we love Forrest Gump so much? What is it about his character that makes him pretty much universally liked? As soon as I asked myself the question I realized that the answer was obvious. Forrest follows the Four Agreements!
The Four Agreements are:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
Forrest was innocent, brave, honest, hopeful, and kind. I think he’s a perfect role model for living the Four Agreements and being the best version of yourself. I’m not saying everyone needs to fight in a war, get shot in the butt and talk to strangers on a park bench, but in our own lives we can uphold the Four Agreements and be a little more like Forrest.
I hope this is as helpful for you as it is for me!