Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

~ Marcel Proust ~

Integrity Behind The Scenes

December 3rd, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 14 secs

We need to have integrity (even in the basics).

We need to have integrity (even in the basics).

Anyone can look good up front. It’s a standard expectation. But what about where the public don’t go, behind the scenes?

Watch someone “off camera” and you get a much better impression of who they really are. The way they talk and treat others is nothing if not educational. Because some folk seem to have a face for every occasion and their real character can leave a lot to be desired.

Like the squeaky clean parents who make their home life look all peaches and cream. When in reality they hide a home of violence where fear reigns supreme, she is silently terrified, and their children are enmeshed in an unholy mess.

Never happens, does it? Of course not.

Just like the business couple who are doing so well with all the trappings of wealth. Everything appears supremely good, except they keep it running over a hidden realm of corruption. Surely that can’t happen, can it?

Drug abuse, alcoholism, domestic violence, child abuse, bullying, and dodgy double-dealing are all concealed behind the scenes. You might not see it, but chances are at least some of these things are happening in your street.

You might think, “Well, that doesn’t have anything to do with me. Besides, what can anyone do about these things?”

To me, character and the qualities that make our actions worthy of appreciation, are our best reply. You speak out loudest with virtues like courage, compassion, honesty, and wisdom. Even people living in a big city (where it’s easy to feel nobody really cares) have this self-same clout.

Thought many communities offer a limited sense of civic spirit and a feeling that we don’t have the right to know everyone in our street, the shape of our personal character still matters.

Even “don’t ask questions cultures” where anonymity means more than identity are no match for acts of kindness, sincerity, patience, and loyalty.

Behind the scenes, of work, home, and street, represents a mighty slice of who we are really like, where fewer people see, but our potential remains great.

If we can live with dignity in every part of our life, whether public or private. If we can care when others clearly don’t, and live so we can genuinely respect ourselves, upfront or secret makes no difference.

The benefit of this kind of personal consistency is something people value but rarely talk about. Yet integrity is n immense asset in everyone ‘s life. You can never get it through obligation or by trying to impress as it comes from values that build actions and it doesn’t rely on anyone else’s reactions.

Behind the scenes where few ever know, we all let our guard down. For some, it means dramatically unpeeling their game face. For others, a switch in position.

Integrity reveals how constant our qualities of character stay. So that somebody (anybody) could instantly recognize us for the good that we do and the practical values that we keep. To consistently be your self across all roles is no mean feat. But then integrity is never built on convenience.

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