May 29, 2009

Seeing What Matters

It is easy to forget what matters in all our daily lives. I do a good job at remembering what is important in my life. For many people, this illuminating revelation comes after the sudden death of close companions. Yet, even after that, those thoughts are quickly lost in the noise of day to day life. I am proud to say I can see this truth without any such extreme events. Although I do, often enough, forget to remember this, it is not long.

I have recently returned to an old practice (which is not hard to follow) of looking up at the numerous stars most nights. It humbles me by pointing out how my life is insignificant relative to the vast universe which surrounds us. There is another side of that coin which sheds different light. The millions of tiny stars help me to gain a new perspective by revealing the distinct honor of being part of it.

I, as one insignificant creature, have a wish to play my part right. I am going to make a footprint in this world in any case; Why not make a positive footprint in life? Why not make a difference? Why not?

May 19, 2009

The Sound of Integrity

We all have heard the concept that honesty is a sign of integrity. I believe that, but they are not as closely linked as all you may believe. Honesty is not the same thing as integrity. For one thing, we have all displayed honesty without integrity or at least seen it displayed without integrity.

All honesty is just a symptom of integrity; it is not the core of it. Look at the definition of integrity from your favorite source. You could define "integrity" by not even using the word "honesty" at all. Without "honesty", "integrity" still has meaning. While you may see the word "honesty" somewhere in there, the definition is rooted in words like "sound" or "whole".

Integrity is not easy to maintain in our noisy culture. Make sure you are not lying to yourself the next time you are all displaying honesty. Someone who has all integrity is so much more that someone who speaks the truth.