Monday Miracle: Integrity

 

In all that you do, let integrity be your adorning.  Look beyond worldly accoutrements, in spite of the evidence of lawlessness, conscious-free behavior and media adoration of the wild and crazy. Instead, act in the opposite.

Be a person of integrity.  Nice people do often finish first. A recent news story about a homeless man in Atlanta, who searched for the owner of a lost purse at three hotels until she was located, proves this point. His integrity to disavow the criminal label most homeless persons typically find associated with them was rewarded not only by the hotel but others who sought him out to acknowledge his goodness.

Integrity always trumps-in all ways always.  There is another account of a couple who were facing financial hardship when they found a wallet full of money. Instead of keeping the money they found that would have solved their dire circumstances, their consciousness overruled their temporal low cash flow and they turned the wallet in at the police station.  Their reward was a clean conscious.

Mindful integrity, at any time, is fundamental to happiness, peace-of-mind, inner joy. Integrity is the gemstone of all goodness. “Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of — for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” ~Socrates

The magical miracle of integrity is that others recognize and value the trust of your character. Even though it may seem that people around you are not noticing the integrity you exhibit, they notice. Even when you are looked upon as peculiar or when you are even bullied for your integrity, hold steadfast. It matters not the environment or the circumstance, honesty and integrity is your esteem.

“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. ~Warren Buffett

Never let go of your integrity. It’s your inner light, never cease letting it shine. Adorn integrity.

Tell others your experience with integrity. Write your story or share the miracle of integrity.

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Monday Miracle: Wisdom

Have you got good wisdom?

Sometimes the answer is yes, and other times the answer is no. Wisdom can be categorized in a multitude of ways according to a myriad of  situations. Is it wise to cross the street when cars are zooming through the intersection? Most likely not, unless you are being chased by a hungry tiger.  Is it wise to remain silent and forever hold your opinion? Maybe or maybe not depending on the “teachable moment.”

The age old questions probes, what is wisdom?

Wisdom is as wisdom does, possibly so. Some assert that wisdom begets truth. But, is truth always wise in all ways? Some posit that wisdom is gained through age and experience. However, can a baby be wise enough to know to stay away from a hot stove.  David Jordon, a scientist, asserts that “Wisdom is knowing what to do; virtue is doing it.” But, can mankind be wise in spite of virtue?

Aristotle says that wisdom is knowing yourself. Socrates says that true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.  Knowing nothing about yourself is unwise for it is in the knowing and the strength of experience that you gain wisdom. Success flows from the wisdom of experience, experimenting, and execution.  Therein, actual success in all dimensions is dependent upon wisdom.

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Experience (Photo credit: MTSOfan)

Alexandre Dumas, another though leader, believed that wisdom requires you to wait and hope. Yes, the success minded should wait and drink deep from the fountain of hope but the canonizing of wisdom also predicates decisive action. Maybe wisdom mimics a walk in someone else’s shoes.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
Confucius

Wisdom may be bittersweet; it may too be the sweetest reward. Either way, with wisdom you get to choose the healthiest and most heart-centered way to internalize the wise learning you get from the experience.

Be wise, get wisdom.