Is integrity something I bite on occasionally or is there a spectrum to integrity?
The thoughtful and philosophical part of me ponders such matters.
Ever since I was a child I thought about things like the reason for my existence. I continue to ponder such things because I believe in humanity. I believe our human-spiritual essence is what makes us truly beautiful beings.
One thing I know for sure about myself is that I have a gentle loving spirit and kind and generous heart. I recognize it in others as well.
Although the truth of who I am is always there. I know I haven’t consistently been in integrity or been who I really am.
The subject of integrity is quite loaded. This post will initiate a conversation about integrity.
I like simplicity so for purposes of defining integrity I will offer a simple definition.
What is integrity?
Integrity in a non-judgmental sense is wholeness of individuals, systems, relationships etc.
Wholeness is what we expect and when that is not what is presented - we know it. We know it because we are intuitive beings.
Integrity is something we build over time, develop, maintain or preserve.
We cannot base our wholeness on outer sources. And yet there must be a unified sense of integrity if we are to be a united human family.
Integrity is about integrating the various parts of ourselves over our lifetime according the the universal truth of our being.
The work of becoming undivided requires courage, strength and wisdom.
It has required willingness to look at myself more closely and deeply.
It has required that I witness myself with as little judgment. Free of judgment, clarity can arise. Clarity allows us to see times when we have been untrue to our essence or love. In this sense the work of integrity is on a spectrum or continuum.
Integrity is a choice we make continually. It is keeping our word even when faced with serious consequences for our choices. When we act with integrity we don’t compromise ourselves. We are honest and our actions speak loudly for us. Others can count on us when we trust ourselves.
We can feel when others are being honest because we are feeling beings. Our spirit is felt and it is inviting energy to be around 'whole beings.' Whole beings tend to be generous and kind spirits. To me that is what makes us inviting beings. The alignment of our moment by moment behaviors, words and actions reveal our true self.
Under fire we reveal our true colors. In the eyes of others we are tattoed by who we've shown to be.
It would be too easy to say that integrity is something we either have or don’t. Fortunately, life offers us opportunities to change and grow. In this sense integrity is on a spectrum or continuum.
Sometimes we may stray far, but we can always return to the truth and beauty of who we really are.
To me, who we really are, is what makes us beautiful.
Someone who speaks genuinely from their heart speaks with conviction. Part of preserving our integrity as individuals is honoring our word. When we cannot honor our word we can still own it and adjust accordingly. Otherwise, perhaps we are just taking a bite off our wholeness. Overtime, those bites chew off on our beauty so much that we become unrecognizable to ourselves.
Integrity is being who we are, saying what we mean, doing what we say we will do, and having the courage to transform when we have strayed from our essence. The beauty of being human is that we get to practice becoming more whole until the day we physically die. Our humanity's evolution and conscience rests upon our integrity.
Is integrity just a value chewed upon or is it something you are embodying?
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