When you look up the word Integrity you will most likely get a definition like this:
Integrity is the qualification of being honest and having strong moral principles, or moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions.
But when asked if you have integrity can you truthfully say “Yes”? I’m most certain that the majority of people can answer this question with a yes, but there are times when we think long and hard that we may have to say “no”. This doesn’t mean we are a bad person, it simply means we need to reframe how we do business or treat people as well as ourselves. As long as we treat others as we wish to be treated, 9 times out of 10 it works well. But there are those you may come across who don’t feel they deserve to be treated well, so most likely they will do the same to others.
Through life’s journeys we may come across times when we feel small in comparison to someone else. This could be literally a physical issue or simply one of words.
Haven’t you had times when a word or action brings out the small injured child in you? You feel small in comparison as they’ve used their words to hurt. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are ways to combat this.
When it comes to the analogy of “the glass is half full or have empty,” which one do you refer to? Many may say it has nothing to do with being an optimist or pessimist it has to do with how you see life. Which, does ring true however, it’s good to know which one best fits you as this can help when communicating with others. Let me explain.
A pessimist will see the glass as half empty and will most likely say they are a realist dealing with facts not visions of grandeur.
An optimist will always see the glass as half full and are many times told they see life through rose colored glasses.
But neither one is wrong or right as it’s all perception. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to viewing the world. Let’s break it down a bit.
When you hear the word Monks, what comes to mind?
Even though many of the above terms describes much of the serene life of a true Monk, it may not be what you may imagine yourself as achieving. When you become still and mindful you too can become serene. As with any new change comes patience, practice and time.
How many times have you had a conversation with a friend or family member over the color blue?
"It’s periwinkle blue…”
“No, I’m pretty sure it’s grey blue….”
When it comes to colors, are we seeing true color or what we’ve been conditioned to see? In other words, if over the years you’ve been told the sky is powder blue, but a friend states it’s a baby blue, who’s right? With the wealth of colors how can you truly say one is right over the other. They both represent a light blue whether you state it as a baby blue or powder blue. But for many, color is not the same as others.