Living with integrity…
“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”
— Dr. Barbara De Angelis
Each new day we must decide on our level of integrity for a number of different situations and issues.
Do we want to go along with something that we don’t like, or the way someone treats us that feels wrong just to keep the peace?
Or do we speak out and cause tension, a discussion, dissension or something worse. How long can you keep up the pretension that everything is okay while retaining any amount of integrity at all?
Well, that depends on how much you value the relationship you are in. If you think it is something that deems preserving, the need to bite your tongue might prevail.
Not only is your own integrity in question, but also the integrity of the one you are in relationship with.
Not everyone’s level of integrity is equal.
In fact, for some, pride is much more important than integrity.
Saving face is of the utmost importance to many.
And then there’s the question of “honesty.”
Where the same rules apply.
To those who have no rules, or feel that they are entitled to do whatever they want no matter how it effects anyone else, their level of honesty is something different than one who practices the “golden rule.” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
So there are a lot of decisions every day.
It is easy to say that speaking your truth is the only possibility, but when someone can look you right in the eye and conveniently lie to your face, it adds a new perspective to your ability to speak at all.
Knowing that someone else has a lack of honesty may influence your own integrity.
Settling for less than what you know you deserve may be the only answer.
At least for a while.
Especially where safety might be a concern.
But eventually, there will be a way to escape the wrath of someone else, and if your own integrity is being questioned, you may want to find a different kind of relationship.
One where you are able to live your highest and best life while being cherished for who you are.
One where harmony and your personal values are respected instead of being challenged, and your beliefs agree with a partner so that making choices are easy and integrity is a way of life for you both.
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