Living in integrity

“To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life – bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace. “
Peace Pilgrim

Integrity is alignment with who you are, with what you think and what you do.  When all of those are in perfect alignment you are living in integrity.   For so many people life isn’t that way.   Many people  live a life which grates at the soul that is fractured by the grinding of the beliefs they have and the life they live out.   When those are not in alignment there is friction which comes across to others in variety of ways.

You are less powerful when you are not living in your full integrity.   You are less happy when you can’t honor you beliefs, thoughts and actions.  It isn’t always easy to align your beliefs, thoughts and actions.  It takes a willingness to embrace the fact that integrity is important to living a life of significance.

Most people will take their car into the auto shop to get their wheels on their car aligned so that the tires don’t wear so quickly and so that their car handles correctly.   Alignment of the wheels makes sense, it saves money, provides for better handling and is safer.

Our lives need alignment and sometimes it takes a bit of courage to realize that we need to align our lives.   When we do, we can live with greater awareness, greater satisfaction, better results, improved happiness, better relationships, and a more rewarding career.

How much wear and tear are we willing to put up with before we go see the mechanic and get our lives aligned?

Start living in integrity today … make the shift and start living a better life.

One response to “Living in integrity

  1. I’ve heard integrity defined as “being who you represent yourself to be.” In other words, if you represent yourself to be one type of person, I ought to be able to look into your life and see evidence that you are, in fact, that type of person. However, if I look into your life and see evidence that you are some other type of person, we have a word to describe you, too – a hypocrite. So hypocrisy is the exact opposite of what I mean by integrity.

    Integrity is really strength under pressure. It is our character and our competencies operating in tandem. The root of the word comes from the Latin integritas – and it means wholeness, completeness. We get the word integrated from that same root. If something is integrated all the pieces fit together in such a way to give it strength under pressure. We get the word integer, which is a whole number – complete, unfractionalized.

    Just like the integrity of a building gives it strength to withstand pressure, our own integrity gives us the strength to withstand the pressures and temptations of life.

    Coach it right. Integrity is all about aligning your life with your values so “what you see is what you get…”

    Sheriff Ray

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