Life as Message

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog | 7 comments

Life as Message

Who comes to mind when you think of people of great integrity?  

Many of us would think immediately of leaders like Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King.

This photo of Ghandi’s statement  “My Life is my Message” was taken on our visit to his last home in Delhi.   

It is posted on the wall of his house, not far from where he was assassinated.  

Yes, Ghandi’s life was indeed his message.

 

Not about perfection

But isn’t that also true of me?   Of you?  Of the butcher, the baker and the candlestick-maker?

A sobering thought, maybe, but true nevertheless.  

It could be overwhelming, too, if we felt that to be in integrity somehow meant that we had to be perfect or at least present an image of perfection.

 

Answers

I had the same thoughts and misgivings.   Setting up a website about living in integrity when I knew there were aspects of my life that were anything but in integrity?   

Then, as often happens, answers came.

One was finding a dictionary definition of integrity as the opposite of hypocrisy.

Another was a gift that came into my life: a link to this talk by Dr Michael Jensen.    Anyone with whom I have shared this talk has found it to be pure gold.   

 

 

 

 

Notes

Some notes I took from this inspiring address:

“3 Foundations of a great life and leadership

  • Integrity,
  • Authenticity,
  • Being committed to something bigger than oneself.

Not integrity as a virtue, confounded with moral and ethical behaviour.

By integrity I mean the purely positive state of being whole, complete, unbroken, sound, perfect condition.  For a human being, this is a matter of one’s word, nothing more and nothing less.

Violating the Law of Integrity generates painful consequences just as surely as violating the Law of Gravity.  Put simply, without integrity, nothing works. 

The relationship between integrity and the self.  It is my word through which I define and express myself, both for myself and others.  

It follows that to be whole and complete as a person, my word to myself and others must be complete.

Authenticity is one of the conditions for a great personal life, great leadership and great organisations.”

 

Authenticity

I found it such a relief to hear Dr Jensen associating integrity with authenticity.    It actually takes integrity to recognize when we are out of integrity.  

It isn’t a “done deal” that we reach once and for all as much as a continuing alignment among all aspects of our being: spirit, thoughts, intentions, words and deeds.   

In another article, Dr Jensen described integrity as a mountain with no top.

If this talk has inspired you, please feel free to share your thoughts.

 

7 Comments

  1. My wife has endeavoured to teach me this for years! I trust I am a better student than teacher.

    • Hi Wallace
      You are the first person to post a comment! Thanks.
      You’re a great teacher and I’ve learnt a lot about integrity from your Life Mastery training.
      Love,
      Rose.

      • What a joyful and uplifting website to visit and ponder on the contents. Rose, you are an inspiration to us all. Love and hugs Lillian

        • Hi Lillian,
          Lovely to hear from you! And thanks for the good wishes.
          Love,
          Rose.

  2. Thank you for the invitation that came DRO and DRT at a very special point in my life. Congratulations on the website and its theme that speaks so much to me. xoxo Alexander

    • Dear Alexander,
      Thanks so much for your kind words and your interest. This theme speaks very powerfully to me, too, and the website and community with grow in time.
      Blessings to you and your wife,
      Rose.

  3. You are very welcome, Polly, and thank you for your comments. If you have any reflections on integrity feel free to share them here or on our FB page.
    Blessings,
    Rose.

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