Integrity is a misunderstood word. Integrity is an under-appreciated state of being.
Integrity is not honesty. It is more than that.
What does integrity mean?
Hint: it shares the same Latin root as the word "integer." An integer is a whole number.
According to Oxford, integrity means: 1 the state of being whole or unified 2 soundness of construction.
Lately I have read so many blog posts where the concept of INTEGRITY was featured on the marquee. This Realtor did a sneaky this; a bank did a sneaky that. And the final result was disaster.
We use Latin phrases routinely in our vernacular.
Caveat emptor - buyer beware
Caveat venditor - seller beware
Caveat actor - doer beware
We hear and see the word caveat so much!
Would you permit me to create a new Latin phrase for our vernacular?
That means -- BEWARE OF EVERYTHING
Do I mean Henny Penny paranoia where we expect that everything is coming down on our heads? NO.
But life is such that we have to watch out for everything coming our way! We need the attitude of "Trust, but verify." We have to check it out, and check it out carefully - no matter what "it" is!
Think about it.
- Free shipping.
- _____________ (name your gubment program) will cost $1 trillion.
- Newer appliances. Finished basement. Completely new roof. Maintained annually. Chimney recently swept and inspected. Water view.
- NAR reports xxx number of houses sold last quarter.
- Our company employees are thoroughly vetted and legal.
- 23,000 miles on the odometer.
- No hidden fees.
- Made in the USA.
- 2-3 day priority delivery.
- Our journalists write their own material.
- PG-13 -- some nudity, minor drug use, mild language, some violent scenes.
- Unemployment went down to 8.9% and there is no inflation.
Could I go on? YES!!
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FAKE OUT. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FAKE OUT. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FAKE OUT.
So, what do we do when it seems like everything is falling apart?
WE BE TRUE TO OURSELVES!
How is a lack of integrity defined in our minds? By the fact that integrity exists in our minds!
If we see a circumstance that appears to lack integrity, remember, it is defined by other circumstances that HAVE integrity!
If there is a scale of bad to good, with
-10 <-----bad----> 0 <----good----> +10
and we see something we would rank as a -8, it can only be defined as such because there is something else that can be ranked as +8!
Left is defined by right. Up is defined by down. Over is defined by under.
A lack of integrity is defined by integrity.
The moral of the story is this:
The turkeys are everywhere - don't let the turkeys get you down!
LET'S BE TRUE TO OURSELVES AND LET THE CHIPS FALL AS THEY MAY!
AND DON'T FORGET - TRUST, BUT VERIFY! BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF REALLY, REALLY GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE! BE ONE OF THEM!