- the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness:”
I have started my blog today with the definition of integrity. I believe before we can be successful doing anything, we must be able to look in the mirror and be proud of what we stand for. That does not mean that a person cannot achieve success without integrity. I think we have plenty of examples of this in our society today. However, true success comes from within.
If we complete each task and live each day with integrity we are automatically successful in whatever path we take. Success should never be measured in dollars, but in deeds. I don’t make a lot of money. I am not famous. However, I am truly loved and people who know me value my word as I mean what I say and say what I mean. I try to live my life by the “golden rule;” Treat others the way you would want to be treated. I am not perfect and sometimes I have to check my thoughts and keep striving for my thoughts and deeds to be in line with my integrity.
Recently, Ellen DeGeneres was criticized for sitting next to George W. Bush. Because President Bush was passionate while in office about having an amendment passed making it only feasible for a man and woman to marry. Anyone who is not familiar with Ellen should know she is gay and happily married to Porche DeRossi. George has mellowed through the years and has come to like and respect Ellen and Ellen feels the same. Ellen went on to say we should be kind to everyone, not just those we agree with. Ellen lives her life with integrity. When we look at those we admire, we should first admire them for their integrity, not their outward financial success.
The herd is only as strong as its leaders. And leaders are only successful with integrity.