Integrity. Honor. It’s that feeling of personal value and worth that comes from the soul; that feeling of inner peace that comes from living in step with ones beliefs and the knowledge that what one is doing is true. As Robert Louis Stevenson states, “To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”. Not just an indication of your reputation, Honor and Integrity are the internal compasses or guides that make you who you are.
In the days before the legal contract, a person’s word was his ‘bond’ – a verbal contract that was obeyed – often better than the paper contracts of today. In the movie Hook Peter Banning, a ‘cut-throat’ mergers lawyer, continually backs his promises to his son with the phrase “my word is my bond”. In his actions of not following through on those promises, he shows a complete lack of personal Integrity and Honor. The ‘bad guy’ of the movie – Captain Hook himself – has a strong sense of personal Integrity and Honor for he always carries through with what he promises or says; it may not be perceived as ‘good’, but he always does as he says.
Just doing what you say you are going to do will go a long way toward displaying your personal Integrity. Don’t promise to do something, and then decide that it isn’t convenient or is too much of a hassle. Do it – you said you would. How else will your friends and loved ones – as well as the Kindreds – ever trust your word? And in the end, isn’t that what is the most important aspect of Integrity – that your friends and the Kindreds know that you’ll always do what you say and that whatever you say will be true.
In the Dedicant’s Handbook, Integrity is defined as “Honor; being true to one’s self and to others, involving oath-keeping, honesty, fairness, respect and self-confidence” It is through your actions, what you do and how you do it that shows the level of integrity and honor that lives within you.