According to Websters Dictionary, the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, moral uprightness and incorruptability is the definition of integrity. Being honest is being true to yourself. It is being authentic about sharing how something occurs for you and then allowing the other person to do so as well.. Authenticity is not about righteousness or judgment. Nor is it about pushing your agenda. Your truth is not everyone's truth. Allowing means no response defensively or invalidation of what's being shared with you.
Integrity has nothing to do with honesty, moral principles or uprightness. It is all about "being" your word, "being" in communication and cleaning up when your integrity is out.. When you say something, you are count-on-able to be your word. Your word is the most important and powerful thing you have. Do what you say you are going to do or don't say it at all.
When you are out of integrity, take responsibility with no excuses. It's not I'm sorry but.....simply stated, I did not do what I said I was going to do. Cleaning up an out of integrity is followed by an apology and a commitment to not repeat the behavior. Start "being" in integrity, authentic and count-on-able and see the impact it will have in every area of your life. Words have power.
Love and Light,
Spiritual Teacher, Writer and former Radio Show host Cat Baldwin shares her life experiences in "heart based" living..