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Am I living within my definition of integrity?
What is integrity? What does it mean to live with integrity? The dictionary defines integrity as:
- adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
- the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.
- a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition: the integrity of a ship’s hull.
To be sound, unimpaired or in perfect condition. How does this fit into my life? Am I sound? Am I in perfect condition? If we think health-wise, no, I have some medical issues, but then doesn’t everyone? But am I sound? Am I unimpaired? Am I a ship’s hull?
Wait, that might not be as silly as it sounds. No, I am not the typical definition of a ship. I don’t float and I don’t sail around the world or across the bay, but I do sail through life, either well or not so well. Does my hull, my defense against the waves of life, hold sound in easy waters as well as in life’s raging storms? Is my kingdom secure? Am I willing to not only do the easy things, but also the hard tasks of living within my own personal moral code?
In other words, do I live honestly?
Back when I first started this blog, two of my posts talked about living honestly and openly.
So, has anything changed? Yes and no. I am still living openly and honestly. In fact, more so than ever before. Do I always uphold my moral and ethical principles? No, sometimes I fail. Sometimes I am just too tired to make the effort. But, I am always trying. I know when I don’t live up to my own standards and I try to make amends.
Back to the question, am I living in integrity?
I think so. I hope so. If I’m wrong, I hope somebody will tell me so I can get back on track.