May 17

INTEGRITY MONTH: DAY 17: “If I am bending the truth because it refuses to adhere to my agenda, I must realize that in the bending the truth has forewarned me that I am not crafting an agenda at all. Rather, I am crafting the trajectory of my own demise. And even though I adamantly reject such a notion as preposterous, it is a truth that I cannot bend.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough

YES! This quote is so perfect for the concept of integrity and for the absolute value of truth. There is no such thing as white lies or partial truths. There is only truth and non-truth.

When I give myself or anyone less than absolute truth, I am not living in integrity. The REALLY important caveat to that is to understand fully the difference between truth and opinion.

Although this was discussed at length last month, I find that those I speak with frequently are confused about this. They give their opinions freely, believing that they are giving others the truth. That is a variable entity.

Truth is an interesting idea. It changes from one day to the next, because the universe is in constant flux, day in and day out. Saying that it is sunny outside will only be truth as long as the sun shines, which may change in seconds, hours, or at the end of a sunny day.

Therefore, I must strive to become integral with the truth as well. And it cannot ever be bent for my own or anyone’s agenda.

I love the line here that speaks to the “trajectory of my own demise.” I believe it to be true. When I waiver in integrity or truth, I AM crafting the trajectory of my own demise. Isn’t that powerful? Truth!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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