Noun: The practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.
In ethics, Integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions.
Circumstances in the past week have really led me to reflect on what it means to have integrity.
It is a word that is used frequently, but often flippantly. It’s sprouted as something we all have, but to be honest, I’ve worked out of late that it’s something that takes courage to practice.
Because integrity can feel icky and uncomfortable.
It often requires of us the ability to set aside our own instinctive reaction (ie, the desire to protect our ego), and instead choose to take a more virtuous course of action.
It can also feel emotionally painful in the moment, as we grapple with the desire to do what we want (emotionally react) vs what we know we should do (pause and respond in a considered manner).
But this is where we have to remember that TRUST and RESPECT are values worth striving for and protecting.
Brene Brown (whom I ADORE) says in her book “Rising Strong”;
“INTEGRITY is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply processing them”.
It’s walking the walk - not just talking the talk.
I’ve been privileged and inspired recently to see a group of people respond to a truly challenging situation with real integrity.
Embracing and supporting each other they are together rising strong from what is really a shitty situation.
It’s testament to how important it is in life to ensure that you consciously surround yourself with like-minded people. You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with, so ensure that you choose wisely where you work, who you live with and with who you spend your leisure time.
Because when tough times arrive (which they always do), you want to know that as you make the emotionally challenging choice to practice your integrity, you have the support of those around you.
Choose wisely. Practice freely.