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The Truth About Honesty And Integrity
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The Truth About Honesty And Integrity

One of the most challenging tasks that will test your character is in the area of honesty and integrity.

Mary experienced that kind of test with her supervisor. Asked to alter a questionable financial report, she refused to do so, putting herself and her career at risk. The supervisor asked her "don't you lie?" Which one should we stand for? this is a tough decision to make.

Honesty, for so many people, is an obsolete virtue. Lying and covering becomes an acceptable norm. People chose to lie and let the issue die naturally. Integrity is more complex than simply being honest. Integrity is doing what's best for others even when it causes us harm. It is speaking out and standing up when everyone remains silent, conveying a wrong impression.

Being honest is a discipline that needs to developed within us on a day-to-day situation. Being corrected from our mistakes. Realize the right from wrong. That is our threshold that will set the standard.

More people will applaud you if you do what is acceptable even if it is the wrong thing. Laugh at you when you stand up for what is right. Would expect you to lie instead of telling the truth. Everyday, we will be facing this kind of situation. Our honesty and integrity will always be at stake.

Few years back, I received my gas bill for the month. It was unusual and a higher than what I usually pay. I ignored the discrepancy and paid the amount stated in the bill. After few days, I found a note in front of my doorstep. It came from the gas company. Informing me that the bill was a mistake. They have overcharged me. The extra amount was carried-over for the next month's bill. I was so surprised because that was my first experienced. The company admitted the mistake and apologized. That made me more confident with that company, they have gained my respect for them. That's honesty and integrity on display.

We may think that lying is a simple and a normal thing. We never realized that this may lead us to something more dangerous if we are not so careful. If you face the same situation? Would you be honest? or...will you be honest because you never had a good chance of stealing or lying about anything? Think on this things...


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Nancykaye  

Your article points up an important character trait that is fast becoming lost. It really doesn't pay to lie. It makes one weaker and at risk of being found to be a liar. It's a fast way to lose self respect and from there go down a dwindling spiral of self justification. I'm glad to know you through your writing.

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  about 5 years ago
  

Thanks Nancykaye...yes, this character trait has been lost and most people think that this is acceptable...but is not really beneficial. How many sins do we need to commit before we can be called a sinner? in the same way, how many lies do we need to commit in order to be called a liar?This is how small things could lead to worst....thanks for your comment... im also pleased to met you too.

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  about 5 years ago
Anna Ware  

Brilliant article, it sure gives you food for thought. Maybe if we stop caring so much as to what others think of us it would be easier to be honest at all times. Then there is cruel honesty and the more gentle aproach of diplomatic honesty, one is more blunt and sometimes hurtfull than the other and there is a time and place for everything. I love my friends because I depend on their honesty both when it is negativ but also when it is positiv and that is what I give them as well.

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  about 5 years ago
  

Great Anna! you are such a rare friend to them. Friends will be there for you, up or down...they will stick to you. Correct you when you are wrong, admits mistake when they are wrong...that's what honesty is all about

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  about 5 years ago
Vernon L  

[ Would expect you to lie instead of telling the truth]... It's sad but true. I believe most people don't experience being honest with themselves that why they expect others to lie. Great article!

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  about 5 years ago
  

Thanks Vernon. But don't loose hope to believe that there are no honest people nowadays...I believe you and other people who have shared their comments are honest enough to say you are one of the chosen few...cheers!

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  about 5 years ago
Ivy Glenn  

Years ago, a wise man told me that Integrity is being the same on the outside as inside. Yet Integrity when it comes to things such as metals is related to its strength. If you think about how this applies to people, the place to start is always on the inside. People who lie or stretch the truth ARE showing on the outside who they really are. If we want to change the results, it is still a matter of changing the inside. When our lives are made up of messes, maybe a good question to ask ourselves is who do I want to be?

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  about 5 years ago
  

Very well said Ivy. Change must come from inside out not outside in. As the saying goes "the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart".

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  about 5 years ago
  

I agree Chip. Thanks for the comment. That loose fray wont take off your clothes, the looks may be ruined by the looks of those who are focused on that frey of clothing but never realizing that the whole clothing is more important that covers their nakedness...

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  about 5 years ago

The society we live in today is built upon lies. It is pretty pathetic but true. Think of it like a loose fray in a piece of clothing. Youre tempted to pull on it but you know that if you do it will possibly ruin the look of that clothing forever.

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  about 5 years ago
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