Integrity – A Word We Need To Come Back To

by Wendy Schauer on July 30, 2012

The dictionary definition of integrity is “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.”  We are heading into an election year and I have been thinking of the word integrity.   I think of the basics – don’t lie, don’t cheat and don’t steal.  I think of many of the people in office who have compromised on these principles.  They say they have integrity but they really don’t. 

How many of you have integrity? How many of you would fudge a bit on your taxes?  How many of you would give the money back if the store gave you too much change back?  How many of you would let your employer know if you got overpaid?

I can’t stand it when I see someone on TV who had an affair, killed someone or embezzled thousands of dollars and then, when they are caught, cry that they are so sorry.  They aren’t sorry for what they did they are sorry they got caught.  We seem to be turning into a society where lying and doing wrong is ok. Where are our morals? How about a bit of honesty? 

I know I am human and I make mistakes.  Perfection is an illusion and can never be obtained.  I have tried and it has made me nuts.  Since I do make mistakes I am first to admit when I have done one.  I take responsibility, apologize, correct what needs to be corrected, and I go on. 

It is time us as a society to put value back into integrity, honesty and accountability.  It starts with one person at a time.

I challenge you to check where you start to slip a bit in your life.

With Passion and Conviction,

Wendy

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