The word “integrity” originates in the Latin, meaning “whole” or “complete.”
From the same root springs the word “integrate,” which implies a melding, a combining, a merging of various components. When we, as individuals, are “integrated” (or “whole”), we manifest the same persona in all aspects of our lives.
Being a person of integrity conveys to others an aura of consistency, of steadiness, of dependability, of what-you-see-is-what-you-get-edness. That consistency is manifested by a very tight alignment (or “melding”) of
our beliefs with
our words with
our actions with
our attitudes with
our performance(s) with
our commitments with
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” has an amusing ring to it, and the marketers that use that line most likely generate a lot of money on behalf of Las Vegas. But the essence of that message is one that suggests that it is okay to be a different person in different contexts. It indicates a degree of inauthenticness (I made that word up), even disingenuousness. And, it implies that inconsistency is acceptable.
IF we decide to be persons of integrity, then some hard choices follow about who/what we want to be. It means bringing into alignment our three-dimensional selves (body, mind, and spirit) in a disciplined way.
It means……………………… What others see in us really is what they get.