Blessing for today ~ Do the Right Thing ~
Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. ~ C.S. Lewis ~
Here are two definitions for integrity:
- The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
- The state of being whole and undivided.
When we consider the quintessence of integrity, we begin to see it as the defining balance of verity. Each moment of time is balanced in integrity, or it is outside of the purview of integrity. An act is honest, or it is dishonest. We prefer to rationalize that something is more or less honest when we feel shame or guilt. There is no more or less in integrity. Integrity is, itself, pure honesty. We speak of the integrity of a structure, meaning that it is intact. When we are in the “integrity zone” our wholeness is intact. Our thoughts, actions and beliefs are all congruent. We are stable and undivided.
Integrity is, in it’s simplest form, doing the right thing. There have been many situations in my life where there were varying options to choose from that seemed completely reasonable and rational, though each would ultimately lead to a remarkably different conclusion. My decisions are made easy by considering the simple phrase, “do the right thing”. Often we know what the right thing is, but we choose another course of action. Once we pause to consider the right thing, it is painful to do anything else. That is integrity. Doing the right thing isn’t always the most pleasant choice. At times the right thing is most unpleasant. At times doing the right thing means taking your punishment, deserved or not. At times it means walking away from a person or situation, temporarily or permanently. There may be some degree of unpleasantness when you do the right thing, but integrity is balance. In balance there is peace. If we desire to be at peace, with our integrity intact, the only appropriate choice is to do the right thing.
How will you express integrity today?
HERE is Integrity: Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason, by Barbara Killinger.