Posts Tagged ‘integrity’

Truth Will Make Its Way to the Light

September 5, 2010






A truth is relative and open to human interpretation. A Truth is absolute by divine decree.





Every issue has its own levels of truth. Levels of truth move in a progression. As one grows and increases in awareness, his or her levels of truth move from the superficial to the more profound.
Anne Wilson Schaef

As you peel away layers of human perceptions, you discern the eternal Truths looming behind the more common truths that govern your daily life, which yields (more…)

To See Ourselves As Others See Us

September 4, 2010

When you live with integrity, you accept compliments gracefully, letting each one serve as a reminder to practice humility. A compliment then becomes useful and serves a greater purpose.

Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.
Ken Blanchard

You actively solicit constructive criticism in both personal and professional circles, viewing it as (more…)

As You Are, You Are

August 24, 2010



When you commit to a life of integrity, you are concerned with your integrity and yours alone. You are your own harshest critic as well as your most ardent supporter.

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. True nobility comes from being superior to your previous self.
Hindu wisdom









Your sense of self is not affected one way or the other by what others may think or say about you.

Do not let your peace depend on the hearts of men; whatever they say about you, good or bad, you are not because of it another man, for as you are, you are.
Thomas à Kempis

Should circumstances besmirch your (more…)

Virtue Vs. Comfort

August 23, 2010

Commit to a life of integrity, and you are not deterred from doing what is right even if the outcome may be personally detrimental.

‘Tis better to suffer wrong than do it.
Thomas Fuller





Integrity begets bravery. When Lewis Morris was warned that the British Army was within cannon shot of his estate and that signing the Declaration of Independence would almost certainly lead to his financial ruin, he (more…)

Be Someone, Not Something

August 20, 2010

When you live with integrity, peer pressure does not constrain you. You live your life, as psychologist Abraham Maslow taught, “independent of the good opinion of others.”

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
Frederick Douglass

You recognize that going (more…)

Keeping Your Soul Alive

August 19, 2010




Living with integrity does not mean that every choice you make is nonnegotiable. Most decisions are open to compromise, from where you decide to live to how you spend the holidays.



In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.
Thomas Jefferson

The only issues not open to bargaining are (more…)

Let Your Mind Dwell on These Things

August 15, 2010

Live a life of integrity and you not only conduct yourself with honor, you honor the divine essence that connects us all by your compassionate, respectful conduct toward others.



You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
James D. Miles

Unless they give you a reason not to, you treat every person who crosses your path as if their level of integrity matches your own.

Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Just as every person unconsciously yields to the gravitational (more…)

You Are the Window

August 11, 2010



The greater your integrity, the more clarity you have about yourself, the world around you, and the role you came to play.





You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it. Better keep yourself clean and bright: you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw

You are confident, self-assured, and open to (more…)

Good Feels Good

August 8, 2010

Confidence in your rectitude is only wishful thinking until you have tempered your integrity in the fires of experience. Only when you are able to slay the dragons of your cravings and self-importance with the sword of divinely harmonious thoughts and actions can you reach the summit of true integrity.

Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
Edith Wharton

The values and principles you were taught are only (more…)

Self-Respect is the Fruit of Discipline

August 7, 2010







To live with integrity, the ethics of your inner life and the ethics of your public behavior must be one and the same.

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
French proverb











Though no one would be the wiser, you banish (more…)

Integrity Has No Need of Rules

August 6, 2010

Acting with integrity is the tangible expression of your love for and devotion to God. Integrity is your spiritual practice made visible.

The noblest worship is to make yourself as good and as just as you can.
Isocrates



Both personally and professionally, you (more…)

Oceanic Minds and Mountains of Truth

February 3, 2010


Like wisdom, integrity matures as you do. You can possess only as much as the level of your consciousness allows.

In shallow men the fish of little thoughts cause much commotion. In oceanic minds the whales of inspiration make hardly a ruffle.
Hindu scriptures


Every day brings limitless opportunities to shore up and strengthen your integrity. Every right choice makes you likelier to continue making right choices.

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
Friedrich Nietzsche

As you learn and grow, your capacity to (more…)

Your Spiritual Practice Made Visible

February 2, 2010


Your integrity is the revelation of your personal power. Personal power, the polar opposite of power over others, is defined by your capacity to live in harmony with the divine mind.

He who does not desert his principles when threatened with the loss of every earthly thing, even to the loss of reputation and life, is the man of power.
James Allen




You reach every decision, choose every action as if God’s hand were on your shoulder. Day by day, the foundation of your integrity grows ever stronger.

Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good (more…)

My First Audio Interview With Nathaniel Branden

January 15, 2010

Nathaniel Branden


It was a great pleasure and privilege to interview psychotherapist and philosopher Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D. Branden is a lecturer, practicing psychotherapist, and author of twenty books on the psychology of self-esteem, romantic love, and the life and thought of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand.

A pioneer in the field of “the psychology of self-esteem,” Branden has done more than anyone else to link the importance of self-esteem to human well-being, a mission which began with his involvement in Ayn Rand’s “Inner Circle.”


To listen to our interview, click on the audio player below:



The fact that I break with Objectivism over (more…)

Be Such a Person!

January 13, 2010


Living with integrity means aligning yourself in every moment with all that is good and right. What does living with integrity look like? You are ferociously honest with yourself. You hold yourself to the highest standards of ethical behavior. You accept full responsibility for your words and actions.

Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.
Don Galer

You live your life from the inside out. You trust your inner wisdom and act upon it with faith and courage. You rely on self-reflection to “check in” and stay on track. You live a transparent life with no hidden agendas.

Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.
Arnold H. Glasow

You conduct yourself so impeccably that you would not be embarrassed to (more…)

Al Autrey: Friend, Patriot, Hero

December 17, 2009

I salute you, Al

I just returned from a wonderful dinner with Al Autrey, one of the best friends I’ve ever had. Al was a year ahead of me in high school and we’ve been close ever since.

Al is a doctor who specializes in emergency room medicine. Seven years ago, after a year of soul-searching following 9-11, Al enlisted in the military to help develop medically-related protocols and strategies to keep our country safe. He routinely puts in 14 to 15 hours a day and may yet be deployed to Iraq.

He didn’t have to do any of this. He could have had a nice, predictable, comfortable life making a whole lot more (more…)