The Challenge of Integrity
When I was asked to write a message about integrity, the opportunity came at a particularly hectic period when so many urgent matters needed juggling. Pressed for time, I felt torn between writing something easy and expedient and putting into words thoughts that were hard and truthful.
As individuals and as important members of the MPT South community, we are challenged to live honestly and truthfully every day, to act in accordance with our inherent goodness as beings created in the image and likeness of our Creator.
The Arbinger Principles on Developing an Outward Mindset recognizes a person’s deepest sense of what is right or appropriate. If we act against this sense, we betray ourselves. When we betray ourselves, we begin to make excuses and shift responsibility for our behavior.
This pandemic has forced many of us to look more closely at ourselves and re-examine the way we live, the relationships we have, and what gives our lives meaning. Admittedly, we are all ‘works-in-progress’ in search of our truth and value. Perhaps this Erin Hanson poem will resonate with you as you go about your journey of self-discovery and of living with integrity.
“You are not your age, Nor the size of clothes you wear, You are not a weight, Or the colour of your hair. You are not your name, Or the dimples in your cheeks, You are all the books you read, And all the words you speak, You are your croacky morning voice, And the smiles you try to hide, You're the sweetness in your laughter, And every tear you've cried, You're the songs you sing so loudly, When you know you're all alone, You're the places that you've been to, And the one that you call home, You're the things that you belive in, And the people that you love, You're the photos in your bedroom, And the future you dream of, You're made of so much beauty, But it seems that you forgot, When you decided that you were defined, By all the things you're not.”
NOT by Erin Hanson. Erin Wentworth Hanson is a poet from Brisbane, Australia. Her publishing career began with thepoeticunderground in 2014, an anthology of her writings from her website thepoeticunderground.tumblr.com. See: