Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Beautiful Ms. Bonnie & the Four Agreements

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The Beautiful Ms. Bonnie has just finished another book, and is pleased with it. She says she's more philosophical these days, being in her dotage and all, and liked grappling with some of these spiritual/meaning-of-life/what is heaven?/what is hell? questions.

The author, Don Miguel Ruiz, offers a code of conduct for humans, based on ancient Toltec wisdom, to make people happier:

1. Be impeccable with your word

2.Don't take anything personally

3. Don't make assumptions

4. Always do your best.

The Beautiful Ms. Bonnie thinks this is just fine for humans, gives the book 3 paws up, but made some amendments for the dog world. She said:

"1. What the heck? I ALWAYS keep my word, except for those very special circumstances, like if you leave a whole pan of cookies on the counter. Of course, I'll tell you I'd never ever, ever, touch them. But what self-respecting dog wouldn't? And about leaving the front door open a crack? I'm outa here! I'm sniffing out good dog poop and email messages in the neighborhood, and finding decaying-meat delicacies. On that, I give you my word!

2. Silly people, really, you shouldn't. I really, really love you from the bottom of my heart, all the time, even if I chew up the remote or throw-up in your shoes. But I will take it personally if you act like you're going to take me for a walk, and don't. How could you? Just look into my beautiful brown, SAD, eyes!

3. Well, clearly, this doesn't apply to me. I assume you will treat me every time you walk in the door.

4. I do, but people don't. You're all so . . . dramatic. . . and WHY are you trying to be best at those things? The real secrets of life should be to be best at these things: Sleep a lot, especially in the sunny spots. Smell everything. Never pass up getting body parts scratched. Enjoy your food. Know that your people are the Best and Totally Good. And know that you are loved."

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"Books are humanity in print." Barbara W. Tuchman

32 comments:

PAPA SPARKY said...

BMB is so wise

Sharon said...

Will Bonnie be leading the book group from now on?

Deana Birks said...

What a beautiful dog! And she loves books, too! :) Very creative post.

Mom2Drew said...

Totally laughing out loud, so cute!

Nancy said...

You, (er, I mean Ms. Bonnie) is just so funny. What a reader she is too, and I must agree with a lot of what she had to say!!!

Julie said...

LOL! I so enjoy reading your posts! I've wandered by his books a few times (the colorful covers grab me everytime).

Maria said...

I read "The Four Agreements" in Spanish and liked it so much that I bought another copy in Spanish for my sister on the same day that she bought me an English copy of the book. I guess great minds think alike.

I like BMB's interpretation, especially the part about sleeping a lot!

{melissa} said...

what a cutie! And so civilized ;-)

Deb said...

What a fun post and a great blog you have here. I love the title of your blog too. :o) Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog -- I found the M&M's Premiums in the candy aisle at my grocery store -- top shelf.

shirley said...

Bonnie is such a sweet doggie to pass on such wisdom. I think "smile" should be added to the 4 agreements. I think I see Bonnie smiling every time I see her cute face!

Kathy M said...

You have a very patient dog. My dog would be eating the glasses if I put them on him. Great post.

Susan said...

How cute...the writing and the photos! I love it!

Cindi Koceich said...

Love Bonnie's wisdom!!!!

Lauren Hartman said...

I love Miss Bonnie, she's got a great outlook on life!

Chell said...

That is hilarious, my dog would eat the book and the galsses for that matter

scrappyjacky said...

What a great post....and your photos are brilliant....wish mine were!!!

Mary B said...

Oh brilliant love how Beautiful Ms. Bonnie has put this so neatly

Heather said...

Gorgeous dog, suits the eye wear too mwhahahah!!

Yolanda said...

What a great dog you have!

Jeanne said...

What a fabulous post! I honestly don't know why you are taking that Scrapbooking for Bloggers class as you certainly don't need it. You come up with very entertaining, very creative, very funny and very thought provoking posts all on your own! You could certainly teach a class like this all on your own.

Bonnie looks VERY happy and she's so smart. She must take after you!

Reds said...

Love Bonnie's critics!! She is right on!!! And love her posing with the book and the glasses!

Gypsy Girl(Brenda) said...

LOL what a cute shot of Ms B.

pat said...

I love the Beautiful Miss Bonnie's deep well of canine wisdom. I always look forward to her book review and life interpretations!

Krista Lund said...

hi!
thanks for your sweet words on my blog :)
i am a classmate of yours and i've been such a slacker!
i hope to get caught up before shimelle's christmas class. this will be my third year!
cheers
krista

p.s. your blog is adorable and made me smile :)

Beth said...

Oh, my Bonnie looks so smart in her specs:) I love her posts!

Stephanie said...

She is awesome! Love the glasses!

Linda said...

So funny and cute!

Suzy said...

LOL,, love this.. Thanks Bonnie!

Lauren said...

Love, Love, LOVE the writing style through your lovable doggie!!!!

Jill said...

Dear Ms. Bonnie,
You have fabulous taste in books. I read this book too and loved it, and I think your review is right on. I will visit often in hopes of seeing you again.

Karen said...

Fabulous post!!!

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