The noun INTEGRITY has 2 senses: 1. an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
2. moral soundness
The word of the day is integrity.
As my mind wandered (it’s never home), I was enjoying the anticipation of this Monday’s Trivial Pursuit Tournament. My sister and I have the day off in celebration of our April birthdays. (2 days apart)
As luck would have it, I had found out that a few of my friends have the day off too. Donna and I would have fun playing Trivial Pursuit alone, but a tournament with Chinese take-out and Twisted teas, on the side, sounded even better.
So it’s set. Monday we’ll be having a real party.
My next thought, there will be 5 of us. I would propose that the “Birthday Girls” take on the “Guests”. As the home team, we will play with the game that my sister and I have used about 3 other times.
Thought: There may be a question that I have already had in a game played before. What will I do? With hardly any hesitation, I’d reveal this to the guests and ask for a different one.
Thought: How many other people would do the same if the predicament was theirs?
Thought: Why do some people play fair and others “cheat”, especially when they won’t likely get caught?
Integrity is, after all, a selfish thing. Yup, it is a good feeling that we give ourselves. Nothing more, nothing less. The lack of it in society today seems to support those alarming statements. Somehow, people have lost the ability to feel “good” about being moral, not all of them, but an alarming number of them. What we do when no one is watching is ultimately our true measure. My grandfather told me that when he operated the telegraph office, alone, at the railroad, his boss would stop by and profess his visit was to, “keep an honest man, honest.”
We all like to think we are moral and “good”. William J. Bennet (The Moral Compass) so well stated, “Integrity comes with practice. By making moral choices, over and over.”
So, who really benefits from integrity. The person who has it reaps the biggest reward, therefore, it IS selfish.