What does the word integrity mean to you? Webster’s defines it as “a firm adherence to a code, of especially moral or artistic values.” For me, it simply means say what you mean, mean what you say, and do what you say you will do. Pretty easy, right?

In today’s world, sometimes it feels as if our integrity is dictated by others. The actions of another may mean we can’t always do what we say we would. Yet, nothing in the definition says adhere to that code as long as others don’t interfere with it. It simply is what it is. We make choices every single day that impact us and the world around us.

In the last few days, I’ve been forced to really take a look at these things. There are times when it doesn’t seem easy. I have finally learned today to simply acknowledge that I have to honor those things I value. Some personal health things have made me stop and look at what I truly value in life. As I went back and read my earlier post on values I realized it really is pretty simple, even when we make it difficult. As long as you focus on your true values in life, it’s not tough to maintain your own integrity. It IS a choice and one we each have to make for ourselves. It’s really only tough when we forget that we do have a choice and CAN choose to remain true to those things that are truly important.

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