Question of the Week: How does living a life of integrity benefit you and those around you?
Essentially, Integrity means: Doing the Right Thing, even when nobody's watching, and it is a real foundational element of good character.
For most of us, doing the right thing comes fairly naturally, but for whatever reason, when people aren't around, or it seems like we might be able to get away with it, some of us slip up. Having integrity means that our internal desire to do right is able to overwhelm our desire to let it slide or get away with something. Check out the video below.
Paid for something in cash and the clerk has given you incorrect change, (more than what you should get?)
Opened a car door in a parking lot and dinged a vehicle beside you?
Been hit fairly in a dodgeball game?
Been unprepared for a big test or exam?
Now the question is, how did you respond in these scenarios? Did you behave in a way that demonstrated integrity? Did you fight the urge to experience a small personal gain in favor of doing what you knew was right? We are not perfect, we all make mistakes and do things that we will regret later on, but maybe if we can learn from some of these mistakes, we can start to practice integrity a little more consistently. Check out the example of integrity shown below...on one of the biggest stages in the world.