"The word 'integrity' is related to the roots of words like 'integrate' and 'entire.' In Spanish it is rendered 'integro,' meaning 'whole.' Integrity therefore implies the state of being complete, undivided, intact, and unbroken. Integrity is the mark of a man who has successfully integrated all good principles. His life is a unified whole. The man of honor is loyal, faithful, and true; he keeps his promises and fulfills his duties. His word is his bond. The man of honor is who he says he is and does what he says he will do. He doesn't deal in rationalizations or excuses and is always willing to own up and take responsibility for his mistakes and failures. In a world that has lost trust in some of its most sacred and important institutions, honor is the virtue most needed and yet in shortest supply. More than ever, we need men of honor."
Brett and Kate McKay
"Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues"
One of the virtues most lacking in today's men is the capacity to keep one's word. People promise many things, but how many ACTUALLY do them? Accordingly, we need more of the Lakota virtue of Wayuonihan, which means "to have integrity, to have an honest and upright character."
I pray that each of us will find the strength to look into our hearts and there discover the integrity of spirit which is our own unique gift to the world.
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.