“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” ― Oprah Winfrey
This quote applies to every aspect of your life. Do you do what is right for the sake of integrity or notoriety? Are self-pride and strong character what motivates you or accolades and praise? Sure, we like praise and acknowledgment. We are human. But more often than not, which do you choose?
For example, at work, do you pick up the slack for someone because you want to point out that he/she is not doing what they are supposed to or to bolster your position? Or because it is better for the company or helps that person?
At home, every time you unload the dishwasher do you remind your mate that he/she has not done it and seek appreciation? Or do you do it because it needs to be done as part of keeping an orderly house that benefits everyone?
In your community, do you help out, donate to charity or get involved because you want to be known as THAT person? Or do you do it because you want to contribute to making your community better for everyone?
You hear of people anonymously buying strangers coffee or meals, donating to charity, leaving items on the doorstep of a needy family. What do you think motivates this behavior?
One definition of integrity is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness”. Another is “the state of being whole and undivided”. The first definition speaks to personal principals and the second speaks to the results. Having personal integrity creates a sense of wholeness and unity within yourself and creates a strong, unified, supportive community.
Reflect on this and see what you notice. Having integrity is about your relationships with yourself, others and society. We get what we give in relationships. If you give more, you get more somehow, someway, somewhere. Maybe not from that person specifically but generosity begets more generosity. Be a silent inspiration and act in integrity every chance you get. You will be creating a state of wellness and vitality both within yourself and in your community!