Sunday, October 3, 2010

Integrity and Respect

Over the past month, I had to take a course on Integrity and Respect.  How sad is it that companies are having to train people in these fundemental principles but how gutsy?  These values are fundemental to my core values.  Integrity is a very interesting word.  The Oxford English Dictionary defines 'integrity' as "Wholeness; entirety; soundness; uprightness; honesty."  I agree strongly with Carol B. Thomas ( “Integrity,” Ensign, May 2000, 91) when she said that 'integrity' means that a person will do what he or she says they will do and keep the promises that they make to themselves.  It means having the moral courage to make one's actions consistent with one's knowledge of right and wrong.  A person with integrity is honest.  They do the right thing when nobody is watching.  They keep their word and any confidences they are given.  They repay their debts and clean up their own messes.  They accept responsibility for their actions.  They choose to do what is right regardless of the circumstances.  Gordon B. Hinckley said that 'In all this world there is no substitute for personal integrity.  It includes honour.  It includes performance. It includes keeping one's word.  It includes doing what is right regardless of the circumstances"  (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley [1997], 270).

What does integrity look like to you?  Do you have examples of people who show integrity?  Please share them so we can get a good picture of what integrity looks like?

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