Living Well; Build Integrity, Not Hypocrisy

"You cannot do right
 in one department of life
while occupied with doing wrong
in another department.
Life
is one indivisible whole."
~ Mahatma Ghandi



Sometimes lately, I'm a bit dismayed at how much hypocrisy I see; say one thing, but do quite another. It becomes difficult to have faith and trust when seemingly surrounded by it. But then I meet those with integrity, honesty.  And I realize that it is a choice one makes, like most anything else. Difficult? Maybe. If you have trouble being honest with yourself - but try to work on that. Our fears usually are much greater than the realities of things. Life is so much richer for the effort. Imagine the freedom of having nothing to hide, but being happy with who you are, and where you're at. Your life will change, and all for the better. Most importantly, you earn respect for your Self. And gain the respect of others.
in·teg·ri·ty noun [in-ˈte-grə-tē]
1: firm adherence to a code of values: incorruptibility
2: an unimpaired condition: soundness
3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided: completeness
Synonyms - See 'honesty', 'decency', 'goodness', 'virtue' 
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hy·poc·ri·sy  [hi-pok-ruh-see] –noun, plural -sies.
1. a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs
or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
2. a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
Synonyms - See 'deceit'

5 comments

  1. 99% of the bad things that I feared would occur never happened at all. All that time needlessly wasted in worry. I have gotten much better on this account as I have gotten older, so I do not worry nearly as much as I used to. I am generally happy with who I am and where I am at. I try not to focus on the past, but instead to look forward to the future.

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  2. As time goes by and from my own experiences past and previous judgment of others is not for me to have. I am a firm believer of practice what you preach but I also know that as humans one tends to make mistake/s. End result is I do or say the truth to the best of my ability

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  3. @ MikeB- wisdom, born of experience! It is such a great thing, to get to the point where you realize that worry is nothing but wasted energy, and that life is to be lived, without our fears and worrys choking the joy out of life. Agree wholeheartedly, and have finally come to that same place! Such freedom, eh?
    @YogaSavy- Agreed. And no judgement was meant. But, an observation that some make a deliberate choice to be deceitful. My belief was that Ghandi was trying to say if you are going to be good, be good in all areas of your life, not just in some, as otherwise, your life is in conflict. For me, that mere reading of his words makes me question myself.
    Actress Sophia Loren once said mistakes are the price one pays for a full life. We all make them. But if you "do or say the truth to the best of your ability" , then you, Dear Lady, are already there, in my opinion.

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  4. Judding from your picture, Stephanie, I am A LOT older than you, so it took me A LOT more years to get to the point of not worrying so much. I still worry, but I think much less than I used to. Thanks for your feedback.

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  5. Ha! I will take that as a compliment, if you don't mind! and I'll leave you with this:
    "Happy the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying, once and for all." ~Ovid
    Note that Ovid was a Roman poet that lived over 2,000 years ago. -So things really haven't changed much in all that time!

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