June Powerful Word – INTEGRITY – Week 1

The Powerful Word of the Month this month is “integrity.” Integrity is raw, authentic, complete honesty with oneself and others. People with integrity are true to themselves, their values and their word. So integrity takes guts. As W. Clement Stone once said; “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” For some, this may be easier said than done. Still, all character relies on our ability to face our truth and to live with integrity.

This week, we’re talking about integrity and our strongest values. Thomas Paine once quipped; “Character is much easier kept than recovered.” These days we hear so much about stolen identities, done-foryou term papers on the internet, and easy ways to get ahead. In a time when it is so easy to cheat, plagiarize, and pretend to be something you’re not, how do we teach our younger students to choose integrity? So many young people keep their opinions, beliefs, and feelings to themselves even when it would be appropriate for them to speak up. What do you think are the major barriers to people being true to themselves, their values and their word? This week, your Powerful Thought Assignment is to rate yourself on your integrity on a scale from 1-10, 1 being very little integrity and 10 being very strong integrity. What do you view as the barriers to being completely honest and true to yourself?