I was talking with a friend about values and behaviours recently and how, while we can hold and truly believe a value, if we don’t back it up with our behaviour, the value becomes hollow.
My friend liked the four agreements of Miguel Ruiz:
- Be impeccable with your word.
- Don’t take anything personally.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Always do your best.
She’s an artist and has these on her studio wall. She tries to bring them into her way of doing things daily.
My husband likes Plato:
- Be just.
- Seek wisdom.
- Be moderate in everything.
- Be courageous.
Plato was born in 428 BC and according to his teachings he also believed in matching behaviour to beliefs. I think my husband chose a tough one in being moderate in everything; especially when you look at his collection of old wines.
I’ve been going to the same butcher for three decades and yes, he does a very nice gluten free beef sausage with honey and lemongrass. Over the years he has listened to his customers, told them how nice they look and added a sprinkle of philosophy along away.
Here are his three philosophies for life:
- Be your own best friend.
- Be kind, because if there are two people are being kind, then soon two more will be kind and pretty soon a hundred will be being kind to each other.
- Stay out of others people’s business.
The saying goes, ‘If you don’t stand for something, you’ll stand for anything.’ And that may be true.
But if you are looking for a great cut of meat, especially rump steak, a good dose of common sense and a little esoteric advice, he’s your man. Maybe in 1,590 years someone will be quoting my butcher, Steve Courtney’s wise words.