Day 17 ~ February 16 ~ Integrity
“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” ~ Albert Camus
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
~ Oprah Winfrey
"Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it."
~ M.H. McKee
“Having a high level of integrity is one of the most important characteristics we can possess. It is a core value, a choice, and something we can nurture. Coming from a place of integrity means being truthful and honest. It means being reliable. It means trying to build rather than break, help rather than hurt, connect rather than crumble. Coming from a place of integrity means being authentic—the same you, whether people are watching or not. We will not always be right or do right, but when we have integrity, we step up; we accept responsibility for our actions.”
~ Stephanie Staples
Integrity asks for firm adherence to a code of moral values and denies any form of corruption. Integrity is when what I think, what I say, and what I do are in harmony. And when I am in harmony, I am a model of nonviolence.
When faced with a choice today, listen to your conscience. Recall a time when you listened to your heart and “did the right thing” despite the fact that people around you were doing something else.
Action for Teens
Integrity is doing what you know is right, even if no one is around. Integrity is doing what you know is right, even when others are choosing not to. Think of a time when you acted with integrity, and then think of a time when you wish you had.
Action for Children
Sometimes it is hard to do the right thing, especially when no one is looking or when others are not doing the right thing. Sometimes you have to be very brave to do the right thing. Can you write or draw a picture about a time when you did the right thing even though that was a hard choice for you to make?
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” ~ W. Clement Stone
“There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Chuqiao (Jeffrey) Dong, age 15, USA
Peace Pals International