If I could impress upon others to incorporate one value in their life to live by, the value would be integrity. Integrity should be the backbone to humanity because it gives our lives purpose.
It makes for good character, which is vitally important. When we use integrity consistently, it becomes the norm and part of who we are. When we have integrity we’re honest and have strong moral principles.
Integrity allows us to follow our moral and ethical convictions without needing to find a compromise, where doing the right thing becomes the norm, is second nature and instrumental for spiritual growth.
Integrity examples include:
- Saying you’re going to do something and following it through even if we have to make the extra effort;
- Remaining true to your friends and family;
- Not talking about people behind their backs;
- Not betraying anyone’s trust;
- Taking responsibility and owning up to your own mistakes;
- Not allowing someone else to take the flack for something you’ve done;
- Keeping something you’re told in confidence to ourselves;
- Finding something, knowing who it belongs to and handing it back;
- Being given too much change at the till, owning up about it and giving the money back;
- Not telling little white lies to get yourself out of bother, or moving the boundaries to suit yourself.
There are lots more that we can add to this list, but you get the idea. Having integrity sets us up for a more peaceful life and allows for spiritual growth, because we’re doing the right thing. It’s how we should live.