Thinking of Integrity 43.


The quality or state of being complete or undivided.

Integrity is more than obeying the law of the land. It is holding to the spirit of that law. Doing what is right, fair and compassionate in all things. Aboard a ship, water-tight integrity is paramount. The ship is constantly being monitored for seepage of water into the bilges. If enough water seeped into the ship, it would, of course, sink. The same with people, monitor your integrity, don't allow dishonesty to seep into your daily life, and cause your reputation to sink into ruin. Dishonesty has many faces: hypocrisy, lying, omission of truth, and failing to do the best you can. Study yourself today, the way you live, and check for any dishonesty you may be allowing to accumulate. To be known as a "person of integrity" is the highest compliment one can receive.

"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
American lecturer, poet, and essayist, 1803-1882



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