Ninety percent of who we are is internal, and only ten percent is outside of us.
As often happens when I need to think through issues and complex problems, I turn to what others have written or said that links into what I'm dealing with. Hopefully, these will touch your lives as well.
Think of Honesty and Integrity as sisters. Honesty is truthful and is well respected because she lives truth in her heart and offers it to others
without compromise. Integrity believes in wholeness, goodness, and excellence, and is willing to serve as a praiseworthy example for others. Both are held in high regard. Practicing honesty and integrity is a two-fold gift. The first gift is seeing yourself as honest and having a high level of integrity. The second gift is offering your honesty and integrity to others. You become a respected person of integrity when you are unwilling to compromise your values.
I've done a number of posts about integrity and honesty, but these reached into where I was standing today ~ and helped to "sooth the savage beast" that seemed to want to tear up what I was thinking, believing about people and hoping about people.
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.
--Mary Kay Ash
The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
A life lived with integrity - even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is, - 'Let there be truth between us two forever more.'
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
The glue that holds all relationships together -- including the relationship between the leader and the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity.
Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men love to praise, but are slow to practice it. To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage.
Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will.
--John D. MacDonald
Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
He that loseth his honesty, has nothing else to lose.
(Again, forgive the lack of images, I as still using a computer that makes it so I really can't place images in the blog. Hopefully, Comcast will solve that problem shortly.)