Lesson 2: Integrity

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IntegrityIntegrity, where do I start?

It’s one of the things that attracted me to your mother; she was always honest with me, even in the beginning and even when it may hurt my feelings.

But I didn’t tell you that 😉

You probably don’t use Google anymore, but let’s first look at what the word means..

Integrity is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.”

Let that sink in for a moment.

Now what does this mean for life, well when I first wrote this (this is technically the second draft of everything, since the originals where pretty badly written anyway) i wrote about something that had happened to me the day before, now I don’t actually remember it happening, but it serves as a good example, so I am going to keep it here, the only thing left of that faithful original post, the example was “Yesterday me and a friend where in a shop, he was looking through his wallet, and I remembered I still owed him £3, it’s not much I know, but it’s the principle so i reminded him and paid for his shopping” now what do you think happened? He knows I am trust worthy and now trusts me, now I didn’t do it for that reason I did it because I owed him money, and yes it’s a small sum and I can’t remember why now, I probably forgot my wallet and he brought me lunch or something, or it may have been one of the times the chip broke in my debit card, I don’t remember.

Now this is only one example that I don’t really remember much about but it applies to everything, if I say I will do something, 99% of the time I will do it, I may forget now and then or double book myself, like the time and me your mother where going on our first holiday together and I had forgotten about my English exam (yes I re-did my English many years later to finally upgrade that horrible E as it where!), so I had to phone up and change the holiday to 3 days later, she was a little annoyed I had made such a school boy error but we went and had an amazing time.

So yes there are times when you cannot always come through with something you have said or agreed upon, but those times should be a rarity, always try your hardest to do something you say you will do, be that paying someone money you owe them, or answering someone’s question honestly, it all comes down to the same thing, Have INTEGRITY Even In Times Of Trouble.

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