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Integrity – Being Who You Say You Are

November 18, 2009

Recently in several unrelated areas of my life, I’ve been confronted with the ideas of integrity, accountability, and consistency.  In a Community Service outreach to the local high school students for the Junior Achievement Group and the Valley Industial Association, Scott and I facilitated a session on Ethics.  In this, we defined ethics as “Doing the Right Thing, Even When No One Else is Looking”.  At a luncheon last week for the Soroptomist Club, the motivational speaker defined integrity as “Doing the Right Thing, Even When No One Else is Looking”.  She spoke of how even when we have the best intentions, if we don’t do something about it, it is meaningless.  In my blog last week, I told the story of the birds sitting on the wire (haven’t read it yet?  It’s a good one) – again a story of our best intentions.  So all these recurring themes are circling around me and I begin to wonder, “Is there a message I should be gleaning from this bombardment?” 

This morning I looked up the definition of Integrity.  On Wikipedia, it says integrity “has to do with perceived consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principals, expectations, and outcome”.   Perceived consistency of actions… interesting.  Not actually what you do, but how others see you.  Scary, isn’t it?  At Status Not Quo, we disagree.  Your integrity should not be defined by others perception, but rather your true character. Of course, I believe that will ultimately be defined by your actions and not your intentions!  You may truly be thankful this holiday season for all that you have been blessed with, but have you tangibly thanked the people responsible for helping you get to where you are?  Do the products and services you provide, truly deliver on the promises you made?  Do you not only say you believe in something, but also demonstrate this to others by acting in accordance with those beliefs?

I hope that as we enter this season of Thanksgiving, we can reflect on who we are and know that even though there will always be ways to improve ourselves, we are continually striving to be a better person and one day at a time we work together to make this world a better place.  So, let me start by giving thanks.  I am thankful for the mortgage and property taxes I have to pay every year, because it reminds me how blessed I am to live in an amazing home.  I am thankful for my electric bill because I know that I will be warm in my bed at night.  I am thankful for the alarm clock blaring in the morning, because it reminds me that I am blessed enough to have another day here on Earth.  I am thankful for the income taxes I have to pay, because it reminds me to be thankful for the wonderful job I have.  And most of all I am thankful to God, because He is my everything and every day I need to remember that I am far better off than I deserve to be.  May your Holidays be truly blessed, may you be a person of integrity, and may you live up to your best intentions.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2009 11:16 am

    I’ve been reading along for a while now. I just wanted to drop you a comment to say keep up the good work.

    • November 29, 2009 5:34 pm

      Thanks Mike – we really appreciate the feedback, and thanks for following our blog. I just started checking out yours, and look forward to reading it more – seems like you have a wealth of great information. I’m a CPA with 1/2 my background in finance and accounting, so it’s good reading.

      Thanks – take care. Scott

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