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Integrity, what in the world is it?  The dictionary definition of it is:

  1. The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
  2. The state of being whole and undivided.

Ok, well that leads to the question of what does moral mean? The dictionary definition of moral is:

  1. concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character.
  2. holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct.

So basically, integrity is being honest, concerned with the principles of right and wrong and having a level of integrity also makes you whole as a person.  So what I am thinking is that if you do not have it you really are not the “whole” person that you were meant to be. You are not living up to your potential, or being the best version of yourself possible.  Integrity is much bigger than just being honest with those around you, it’s about who you are in your core. Your thoughts and desires and the internal things that really make you, you!

When no one is looking do you still have it?

A person with integrity does not live a secret life away from prying eyes and just pretend they are good and filled with integrity when they are around others.  Their live a life of integrity whether anyone is looking or not. If they find a wallet on the street they turn it in to the authorities or contact the person that owns it if they can to return it.  They don’t throw the wallet back in the street after taking the money out, even though they could have since no one was looking.

None of us are perfect and you can’t expect yourself to be

The individual with integrity doesn’t talk bad about people behind their back even though they could.  They live a life of integrity no matter what the circumstance. They genuinely care about other people and treat others as they want to be treated and are honest in all circumstances and they do their best to not lie.  Remember we are all human and none of us are perfect so the key here is they do their best.  They try hard to live with integrity and take it serious, this is who they are!

A community full of people with integrity can change the world

It might be tough for you to believe but we can all live like this, we can all obtain integrity in our lives and it would make a huge difference in this world if we all honestly worked hard at it.  We need it and without it we would have a world filled with anarchy and people only caring about themselves and their own circumstances. It’s when we work together in our communities that we see things get better, not when we only focus on ourselves and ways to only make our own lives better.  So naturally the next question is how in the world do we obtain that? Well, I want you think a little bit about your life and areas you may struggle to live with integrity first, so you are primed and ready to take some action when my next post comes about how to do it!

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