I read an article a few years ago, that was shared with me through Youth for Freedom called “Integrity; Without it Nothing Works”. After reading this, I had a major shift of perspective and since then I have been much more serious about my habits, my patterns, and especially the way I show up. Integrity is defined as something being whole or complete and to be in Integrity with myself things have to be true to my heart, to my inner voice and to my word. This is where it can become challenging. I learned that anytime we show up later or less than we said we would, we lose our power until we make amends.

Power can be defined as trust and order. Our world runs off of trust as it does integrity.

Take a second and think about all of the areas of life that you consciously or subconsciously trust the Integrity of others.

Some examples of those areas may include when you go grocery shopping and observe some stores hours of operation and know that they will be open. When you know that a grocery store has food that is safe you know that they will have employees to serve you. When you go to a public place and can trust that no one will violently attack you for what you own (in most circumstances). When you drive through a green light and you trust others to stop when it’s red. When you go 75 miles per hour on the freeway and trust that no one will swerve into you.

This is the importance of integrity.

I was running some errands last week and I was 5 minutes late. My phone was dead so I couldn’t contact the person whose kids I said I would babysit. I kept trying not to worry too much and I kept telling myself, “It’s alright. It’s not that big of a deal. It’s just a small thing. I am only 5 minutes late. During that thought process, I came across a high-speed passenger train railroad crossing. The train on this track goes about 65 miles per hour and even though it has a crossbar with flashing lights that blocks the road when a train is nearby on the track, it’s important that you stay out of its way. As I was coming up to this track and thinking about my integrity, I realized that Integrity in small places is way more important than I was giving it credit for. If the blinking roadblocks were out of integrity even just a little bit, maybe having a corroded wire or a bad sensor, that could mean the difference between life and death. I slowed down, not trusting the Integrity of the signals to work because at the time I was out of integrity and couldn’t trust my own integrity. I slowly proceeded across the tracks, drove home, made amends and regained my integrity, grateful to be alive and well even after making a potentially hazardous mistake.

Without integrity, order and systems crumble.

With integrity emerges trust, a working body, teamwork, efficiency, power of masses, law, society, ownership, land ownership and a country.

Ironically, integrity with the self can never be complete because there is always a next step. With that being said I hope this article urges you to find your heart’s integral path and follow it to your growth, your achievements and a life as close to perfect as it can be.

Thank you for reading.

 

-Caleb Lake

Session 3 Director

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