A life lived with integrity, even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.
-Dennis Waitley (Author of The Psychology of Winning)
I’ve been thinking so much about integrity lately.
When a person lacks integrity, others suffer the consequences.
I’ve often (and recently) suffered from poor integrity in other people and organizations.
I know too well what it’s like to beg for integrity… to walk on egg shells, pleading, and waiting, and hoping that someone will finally realize how their broken promises are killing my dreams, and devastating my life.
To stand on this soap box too loudly, one would need to be perfect, and I am not.
So I will write with a humble tone and perhaps challenge both of us.
Yes, of course… I have my weaknesses,
Just like you.
I have no right to brag when I am strong, for at my best, I am still only human.
Sometimes, I breakdown, and I fail – while aiming to give my best and make the greatest difference for others.
But my W O R D means something to me.
I always try to do what I promise to do, even when it really hurts.
Why? Because I sincerely care about other people. I have E M P A T H Y for them… so much, that I often cry when they suffer, especially when (God forbid it) I am the cause of their suffering.
This deep inner care drives me to do what I say I’m going to do, when I say I’m going to do it… and even better and faster, when that is possible.
So then at least for me,
E M P A T H Y drives I N T E G R I T Y
Empathy defined: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.
(Read this a few times)
It’s hard to have integrity when the universe centers around ME. But when I understand… when I am sensitive to… and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts of the people around me… then I can comprehend how my actions (or inactions) affect these people.
In a world lacking so badly in this virtue, let us ask God to help us shine.
Have a beautiful day everyone!
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make A Difference!
Today’s image from Anton Van Den Berg