ADF Dedicant Path Documentation – The Nine Virtues – Integrity

Integrity

“Honor, being true to one’s self and to others, involving oath-keeping, honesty, fairness, respect and self-confidence” – Our Own Druidry

“Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition” – Dictionary.com

Integrity is a word you hear thrown around a lot.  It seems everyone claims to have it.  People look for this characteristic in others, especially when dealing with money.  People with integrity are considered trustworthy but having integrity goes beyond being able to trust someone with your hard earned money. It is about knowing who you are and carrying yourself in accordance to those beliefs.  It is about consistency, internal and external.  If you know that you believe that there should be equal rights for all, but make derisive jokes about same sex couples getting married, you do not have integrity.  People with integrity do what they say they will do.  This means they know what they are capable of as well as what kind of other commitments they may have that could also affect the situation.  An integritous person will say no to a request if they feel they will not be able to complete that task to the level, or with the attention, required.  Integrity is not making promises blindly in order to make others happy then frantically trying to keep those promises.  You must know yourself and be willing to admit when something is beyond your capabilities or time schedules.  Sometimes saying no is the best thing for the situation.

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