Integrity: (definition) The quality or state of being of sound moral principle; uprightness; honesty; sincerity.
"Greed Is Good" Many years go, my wife and I saw a movie entitled, "Wall Street."
In the movie, one of the characters, a stock broker, proclaimed;
"Greed is Good!" Unfortunately, there are many corporations out there who believe in this principle! Greed is NOT good, and all of us are paying for it, because of the continued gouging by corporate America.
Dividing Up The Pie: I was sixteen years old, and in high school, and my grandfather had a stroke, and was in a coma for two months. It didn't take long before all the little minds of the world (inlaws) came out of the woodwork, and started bickering and fighting over the will. A few of my aunts and uncles retained lawyers, to get their share of the pie, while my grandfather was still alive and in a coma. Unbelievable selfish behavior!
Many years later, I was working with a woman at a job I had, and she had to take a few days off, to go to El Paso for the death of her father. When she came back later that week, she told me the same thing happened to her and her family. She couldn 't believe the behavior of her brothers and sisters, as they, too, acquired lawyers, and began fighting over the will! She was very disgruntled over it!
Cheating Off The Internet: A recent story about students taking papers off the Internet, to submit in class as their own. Nohing new about this...there are all kinds of students who cheat! But, what made this story so unusual, is that there are teachers and professors, who are writing these papers (for pay), and knowing full well, that these papers will be taken off the Internet by students for cheating purposes! Amazing what people will do for a little money!
Resume: A resume is one of the most important tools in all of our lives. And, there are many people out there, who don't think twice about fudging or lying on their resumes or on a job application to get what they want. It's awfully difficult for honest people to compete with all the liars and cheaters of the world!
I don't have a good resume, because of twenty years of medical problems, but there is nothing I can do about the unfortunetate things that have happened to me in the past. My attitude toward all this is;
"What you see is what you get," and if an employer doesn't like what he or she sees...find somebody else!
Keeping Up With The Joneses: We're all living in a fast-paced society, which I like to refer to as "high-tech survival of the fittest." A lot of pushing and shoving out there, and as jobs are leaving the country or abolished because of technology, there is more stress on individuals to succeed and to survive.
But, many people get themselves in trouble because they try to keep up with the Jones'. I don't live my life trying to keep up with the Jones' the Garcias' or anyone else. I could care less what they do, or what they have, as far as money or materialism is concerned.
Words of the Past? So, what ever happened to words like; honesty; values; morals; trust; friendship; caring, etc.
It's The Little Things That Matter: One cold morning, I stopped to get a little gas, and I gave the cashier, what I thought, were seven one dollar bills, and went out and started pumping the gas. A few minutes later, she came outside and said, "Sir,
you gave me one dollar too much," and handed me back a dollar.
"A real honest person," I thought to myself! Incredible! She could have kept the dollar, and it would not have enriched her, and I would not have missed a dollar...that's for sure. But, it was the jesture that mattered.
So, maybe there's hope! Maybe words like; honesty; values; trust; morals; friendship; caring...will make a comeback...I certainly hope so.
Every year, and for many years...I make a New Year's Resolution, and it's the same old story: "My Integrity Is Not Negotiable." I will not lie and/or cheat my way through life; and I will not do harm to anyone (and to myself) for any reason. Just after January 1st of each year, I conduct a little meeting with myself, to reflect on the previous year. And yes, I can say proudly that I did keep my New Year's Resolution from last year, and I say that with lots of pride!
You Can't Take It With You! And, it's true! Nobody's going to take the money and material things with them, no matter how they acquaired it all. For me, I will have to reach down deep, to find the discipline; courage; and strength, to fight off all temptations; pressures, and evils of the world, in my remaining years, to keep the promises I made to myself.
And, I know I won't be able to take any monies or material wealth with me when I die. But one thing is certain...I am hoping and praying I can take one thing with me...my integrity!