Integrity

“Integrity” Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

A friend used to tell me that integrity is this simple:  “Say what you mean and mean what you say.”  This is true, but your declaration must also be supported by the appropriate behavior.  It’s easy to say something and mean it in the moment.  But how do you fair when you are removed from the moment?

Integrity is a three-part entity, but in most cases we will only perform two out of the three parts.  We will say it and meant it, but never do anything about it. For instance, saying you’ll call someone, meaning to, but never getting around to it.  We will say it and do it, but not really meant it. Such as, participating in an activity that you don’t really want to do or have any interest in to avoid confrontation.    Or we will do it, meant it but never verbally acknowledge it.  As in, loving your spouse or child with all your heart and never saying those  three special words out loud.

When we don’t use all three parts it makes us look discreditable and untrustworthy.  It can be a rude awaking to realize that your good word may not be “good” enough.  However, it’s still pretty simple: Say what you mean, mean what you say, AND follow it up with a supportive action!  Now get to it!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Nat
    May 15, 2013 @ 16:39:32

    LOVE!

    Reply

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