Today is … it’s…. No way How did THAT happen?
Oh wait I thought it was Wednesday.
I got flustered there for a minute and completely lost my awesome lead in that ties the the days happenings in with the Mental Moment.
Today’s Mental Moment
is about Integrity.
Integrity is defined in the dictionary as honesty and moral uprightness. It also is a wholeness, or completeness, a state of being at one, whole or complete.
Do you wonder with what?
To have integrity you must have high moral standards and stand by them no matter what, and also tell the truth. You either have integrity, or you don;t there is no kind of integrious.
I thought I knew that because I thought I made up the word integrious. I was wrong but it still goes towards you either have it or you don’t. Integrious means having the mark of integrity.
How about that?
So there is more integrious but no kind of. That’s like being pregnant. You can be more pregnant but not kind of pregnant.
And we are moving on…
It is the connection of ones’ inner view displayed in their actions to the word. the quality of truthfulness and honesty are evident in our actions.
Why is someone with integrious character what we aspire to be?
You might be asking me why ..or I do? especially if you just learned that the word integrious is real and what it means like I did. Ok I get that.
How about why do we value Integrity?
We value truth for sure and no one likes to be lied to. People who make a habit out of telling tall tales or conning other people cause hurt and bad feelings and just a lot of wrongness all around. Once you realize that a person lies to you, then you probably will not trust them anymore and that changes things in your life. Dynamics and importance of things etc.
Unless you are like me and give people a gazillion chances to redeem themselves. That’s a Mental Moment for another day though.
We value integrity. It means, what we are told is what happens and if a person with integrity is our mate let’s say, or close friend, or …well anyone we are involved with who has integrity is someone we can count on and someone we can believe in and put our trust in rightfully.
Did you ever happen to notice that the people who live integrious lives. (yes I do really like that word now) the ones who live by what they say, and who keep their values no matter what, tend to be the best adjusted and ..seemingly the most, at peace or have a sense of calm and peace about them. How about …whole or complete?
I am not saying their lives are perfect. That they are perfect. There are plenty of people with integrity that have plenty of problems. Mental Illness, Illiterate, Homeless, Unemployed, you get the idea right?
Anyone can live with integrity and have integrity. Any race color or creed, anyone can have it and live with it..
So maybe it is integrity that lends towards that sense of calm and lack of distress even if they are in a stressful situation. They don’t scramble when they are in a situation they have to remember who they told what because they don;t lie as a rule.
When you are the same person inside as you are to the rest of world - you are whole complete, not parts and pieces some possibly not even belonging to you all scattered around here and there.
And truly having integrity means you walk the walk and talk the talk - or walk the talk maybe is more like it.
If you read this little thing about integrity and say
well if no one knows then I get away with it.( whatever you have gotten away with that goes against what you say you believe,) that is the perfect way to illustrate integrity and why we strive to be people of integrity, or why we should.
Yes should. That falls under the you should realm.
Anyways, to answer your question what if no one knows;
You will know and that will cause a break in the completeness and if you have values it will be troublesome for you, even if you aren’t aware of it.
If you have true integrity, you don’t have that inner struggle and you are a more complete whole and therefore integrious person,
Repeat after me; I am the I in Integrity.
Living with integrity is the best thing for you. You are whole, complete without the inner struggle of who you are vs. who you may pretend to be and that makes you a better person for everyone else too.
Told you the I was for you.
To Your Mental State, Whatever it may be,