I’ve been talking about integrity for a long time…both to myself and to others. Integrity is the quality from which all our other positive qualities can sprout. When what you believe, what you say, and how you act are in alignment, you are integrated, integral, have integrity. I’ve noticed over the years that when I’ve not believed what I was saying, or when I was trying to do something I didn’t believe was important or valuable, I often misspoke or treated someone carelessly or did a slipshod job. And I wasn’t happy with the results!

A couple days ago, I came across this list online. It seems like a good place to start in recognizing what integrity looks and feels like. These days, I can tell when I’m out of alignment pretty quickly: my words sound weird, my actions are sluggish or clumsy, my thoughts are scattered…and most of all, I’m not feeling good about myself. That’s not how I want to live my life. I bet it’s not how you want to live, either.

Characteristics of People Who Have True Integrity,
by Awareness Act

1. They value other people’s time.
2. They give credit where it is due.
3. They are authentic.
4. They are honest.
5. They don’t take advantage of others.
6. They talk through disagreements in a civil manner.
7. They give most people the benefit of the doubt.
8. They know when something is bothering someone.
9. They accept your word as truth until it is disproved.
10. If they have done something wrong, they will come to you and
11. They are humble.
12. They do good when they can.
13. They are kind.

14. They keep their commitments.
15. They do not manipulate others.
16. They are able to be vulnerable and can express it, and hold space for
others to be vulnerable as well.