Integrity

1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
2 : an unimpaired condition : soundness
3: the quality of state of being complete and undivided : completeness

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Integrity (n.): c. 1400, “innocence, blamelessness; chastity, purity,” from Old French integrité or directly from Latin integritatemsoundness, wholeness, completeness,” figuratively “purity, correctness, blamelessness,” from integerwhole.” Sense of “wholeness, perfect condition” is mid-15th century.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/Rainer-Maria-Rilke

“They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”

Harper Lee (1926-2016, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” about racial injustice in a small Alabama town)

Bio Source:

www.nytimes.com/2016/02/20/arts/harper-lee-dies.html?_r=0

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”

Marcus Aurelius (121 AD – 180 AD, Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, Roman emperor, best known for “Meditations”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Marcus-Aurelius-emperor-of-Rome

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

William James (1842-1910, original thinker in and between the disciplines of physiology, psychology, and philosophy; best known for his twelve-hundred masterpiece, “The Principles of Psychology,” which included his personal reflections and such ideas as “the stream of thought”)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/james/

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895, 19th-century author, orator, human rights leader in the anti-slavery movement and first African-American citizen to hold a high U.S. government rank)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/frederick-douglass-9278324

“Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.”

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957, renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator, and Christian humanist)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_L._Sayers

“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.”

Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004, ranks among the most respected figures in twentieth-century Polish literature; poet, prose writer, translator, and diplomat; and recipient of The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/czeslaw-milosz

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.”

Warren Buffett (b. 1930, American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist; mist successful investor, and the chairman, CEO, and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Buffett

Meditation

“In a room where

people unanimously maintain

a conspiracy of silence,

one word of truth

sounds like a pistol shot.” — Czeslaw Milosz

 

When we subject ourselves to toxic environments, speaking our truths may be some of our most courageous acts of heroism.

These sticky life situations are not a total loss, because they compel us to contemplate a better life and future.  If we are in the right mindset, our enemies become blessings, because they are the springboards to shatter our perceived limitations and create new unlimited possibilities.

Make no mistake, a life of integrity can feel lonely at times until we find those magical leads to our callings and soul mates which and who abide effortlessly in love.

The spiritual opposition and warfare can, undoubtedly, provide the wind to our sails where we can soar and speak our truth from actual experiences, without the blind spots, those parts of our perception where we deny our suffering, spiritual poverty, loneliness, and injustice.

An integral life is one where each part of us aligns harmoniously and gives us the power to speak our truths and participate with faith and confidence in our divine wholeness.

Written With Love, Tonya

 

 

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