Integrity and The Importance of the Choices We Make in Life

Integrity and The Importance of the Choices We Make in Life


"I know the script is a little too energetic for your taste, but it's the best way to attract the audience's interest." I am on a call with a producer about the script for a program I am considering, which is supposed to depict my work.

The script calls for drama, exaggerated actions, and a version of me that is not who I am. It calls for me to play a different role for the sake of the camera; in other words, it asks for me to play a role for possible income and attention from the public.

The temptation is there; the thought, it won't hurt me for once to be a little more theatrical, to play it up a little.

Many others in the industry do it. Why shouldn't I? Isn't that the reason why many times, I do not receive the program? I play it too real, and it is not overflowing with drama.

The fact is that it does not sit well with me. Changing my persona, who I am, and how I operate, even for a few minutes of video and for a fatter wallet, is not what I have picked my life for.

I respectfully decline and explain that once the "stage lights" turn off, I still need to live with myself, and I still need to be able to speak to my audience, knowing that I did the best I could and didn't betray my personal beliefs and choices.

In other words, I want to choose what's right over what is fun, fast, or effortless.

I believe that we must practice our values rather than simply professing them.

It might outcast us a little or make us lose some opportunities; it is scary to consider the possible losses, but it would be more damaging if we didn't.

At times it will take courage and determination, perhaps like Ulisses, we will have to ask someone to tie us to the mast of the ship to avoid the luring call of the mermaids, but once we stick to our integrity, it becomes more accessible, and each time after we can pick into that famous "gut feeling" to know we are making the correct choice once again. 

Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. It is a fundamental value that shapes our behavior, relationships, and decisions. When we have integrity, we uphold our values and principles, even when it's not easy or popular. The choices we make in life are a reflection of our integrity, and they determine the direction of our lives.

The Importance of Integrity

Integrity is essential for personal and professional success. It is the foundation of trust and respect, which are vital components of healthy relationships. When we have integrity, we inspire trust in others, and they are more likely to follow our lead. It is a quality that is highly valued in the workplace, where integrity is often associated with reliability, dependability, and honesty.

Integrity is also important for our personal growth and development. When we have integrity, we are more likely to make choices that align with our values and beliefs. We have a sense of purpose and direction in life, and we are more resilient in the face of challenges and adversity. Our integrity gives us the strength to stand up for what we believe in, even when it's not easy.

The Choices We Make in Life

The choices we make in life are a reflection of our integrity. Every day, we make countless choices that shape our lives, from the food we eat to the people we surround ourselves with. Each choice we make has consequences, and it is important to consider the impact of our decisions on ourselves and others.

Some choices are easy to make, while others require more thought and reflection. When faced with a difficult decision, it is helpful to consider our values and beliefs. What is most important to us? What are our priorities? By aligning our choices with our values, we can live with integrity and make choices that reflect who we are.

The Importance of Making Ethical Choices

Integrity is closely tied to ethics, which is the study of moral principles and values. Ethical choices are those that are in line with our moral principles and values, and they often require us to make difficult decisions. Ethical choices are important because they affect not only our own lives but also the lives of those around us.

When we make ethical choices, we demonstrate our integrity and build trust with others. We are more likely to be seen as reliable and dependable, and our decisions are more likely to be respected and followed. Ethical choices also contribute to a more just and equitable society, where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

In Conclusion: Integrity is an essential quality that shapes our behavior, relationships, and decisions. The choices we make in life are a reflection of our integrity, and they determine the direction of our lives. 

Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes destiny.


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