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I am not sure how much more integrity I can have. Does that sound proud? Perhaps. But I consider myself a pretty good human being except for the negative thought patterns (I can get awfully nasty in my thoughts–though I don’t put voice to those thoughts–also can be self judgmental). My outer behavior always strives for love and decency towards others. So…I don’t know how I can show greater integrity. Perhaps that will be when I have learned to dwell more on positive loving thoughts toward the world.
Once my actions align with my values that’s enough. So I could bring my values to consciousness a bit more today. But this only needs to be good enough, not perfect. The question today is a harsh one for us perfectionists.
I can show up and love others as they are and just be the best version of me I can be!
By being present, balanced and centered in awareness and open mindedness towards the ones I encounter and care for, treating myself as kind as meeting others.
Replace fear and defensiveness with faith and inclusion. To believe that all is in collaboration for the good.
By bringing bucket loads of “no-space and no-time” from my morning meditation into the day with me.
By listening to others and then following through on commitments or changes to which I have agreed.
I need to talk to a person about our relationship. It is uncomfortable and I fear she will just pull away. But not talking feels worse. Wish me luck!
I can think before I speak and not make assumptions about what others might be thinking.
I can show up with greater integrity today by being totally present in the moment and putting in my best work. There is no time for complaints or excuses. There is no time to put in work that is only half ass. I need to be 100 percent focused on doing the best that I can do in my job.
Maximize intention, minimize excuses, cultivate strength and ground oneself through humility.
“Ground oneself through humility”.
This is a great focus also for me, Chester.
By being honest at all times.
I’m not sure exactly, but I do know that I am responsible for my own energy. So if I allow myself to be tossed and turned it does compromise my integrity and makes me unstable. I think it has to do with having a firm foundation or belief system or gut level intuition that has solid boundaries to what to allow or not allow. But also senses danger and knows when it’s time to make a move. Like the integrity of a structure in architecture if its’ not built well it will crumble. It must be solid yet able to sway with the effects of natural elements like wind without collapsing. It’s like having a spine that’s flexible as well if it’s too ridged it will break. It has to do with keeping the balance.
I’m sitting here thinking of how I can have more integrity and a few things come to mind:
1. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
2. Examine your motives before you act or speak. Have a conversation with yourself first about what you’re going to say and do and if it passes your inner value test then verbalize them out loud.
3. Using our own moral compass when living, speaking, behaving and not getting pulled away by other factors. Like a boat that has an anchor grounding it, having integrity means drifting or moving only to the degree the rope is anchoring me to the ground and feeling that rope tug me back to stop me from drifting with the currents and tides.
Now that I’m able to answer the question, I have to follow what I’ve written and remember these things everyday.
Being principled is important; do I do something because it’s easiest or because it’s consistent with what I believe? Is it consistent with who I WANT to be/become? Integrity also has the characteristic of being whole and undivided. I think Kierkegaard had a book titled “Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing”…. focusing on that “One Thing” … the Good… the common good…. the will of God … being mindful of that is how I can show up with (greater) integrity today. (But I agree with whoever has already noted that either you have integrity or you don’t, right? Having a “little integrity” seems like being a “little pregnant.” You are or you aren’t.)
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