Everywhere I look today saddens me. Here in the United States we have leaders and well known people who used to be respected, falling because they practiced no integrity.
Integrity is first being true to yourself. It is about being honest, straightforward in your own heart and mind first. You recognize your own shortcoming and you work on them and fix problems. Everyone makes mistakes, but few now take responsibility, and change behaviors.
I watched the news where someone said they may have stepped on a gun and that is why a young woman lost her life. That can’t be accurate and because of lack of integrity of all lot of people, even in the justice system, the man is free to kill again.
No one is perfect. A person of integrity doesn’t wait to be “caught” to change behaviors and make amends. One of my struggles over the years has been to forgive, no matter what. I am not there yet. I am angered and saddened. Will I ever be able to simply forgive and let it go, no matter what? I don’t know, and still I hope so.
I wish that integrity was as important as fame, originality, honesty and respect.
We have a long way to go.