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What Is Integrity?

Updated on July 13, 2012

Billy Joel's "Honesty"

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Inspiration

I have been alive on this earth for 25 years now, and I still have yet to grasp this virtue called integrity. The other night, I was thinking, in regard to integrity, about my work life. For those of you who do not know me, I am currently working at a hotel as a Front Desk Associate. My shift usually runs from 11pm to 7am. When I began to think about this scenario, I realized that 90% of my work shift is working alone with no manager present.

This observation humbled me and caused me to begin a process of analysis into my work life. I began to ask myself these questions. Would I do this if my manager was present? Would I say that if my manager was listening? These questions and observations led me to begin processing this idea of defining integrity.

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Lacking Integrity

Many people claim to live it

Some really think they do.

But when push comes to shove

Is this claim really true?


Integrity is hard to come by

Oftentimes we miss the mark.

It's such a vicious battle

Not just a walk in the park.







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Learning Integrity

Also known as character

This virtue we have here.

What we say and what we do

When no one else is there.


It's what you decide to do

And if it remains the same.

When someone is a lookin'

Or if you're alone in the game.

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Living Integrity

Hiding nothing from plain sight

Life open for all to see.

When the test is given out

Who will we really be?


Doing the right thing always

Even when it is hard.

Who said life is easy-

It's how you play your cards.


Keeping nothing in question

Consistent at your core.

No evil or vain motives

Leave them at the door.


Trusting is what they say

When your name is given out.

No need to question a thing

Not even the slightest doubt.






Leveling With Integrity

This is not your reputation

What others think of you.

Really, this is not the case

Not even a little bit true.



Integrity is character

Who you really are.

Everything about you

It's like you are a star.



Star player in a game

Where the object is to find.

What really are your motives

Or are you oh so blind?





Quotes on Integrity

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” ― Albert Einstein


“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


“But there are times in this harum-scarum world when figuring out the right thing to do is quite simple, but doing the right thing is simply impossible....”― Lemony Snicket (aka David Handler)


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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Honesty is indeed a lonely word, Josh. We should all practice it more often. Great work!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      J, another great hub!

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      glmclendon 4 years ago

      Good HUB. Good thought and ideas. We should try to give this more thought and action, the result would be a better live.

      Stay Well

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doing the right thing when nobody is watching....the true test of integrity....well-done my young, wise friend. Well-done indeed!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I refuse to live my life with integrity, he keeps stealing the sheets at night. :) Great poem, Josh. :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yes we should Michelle, thanks for stopping by!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks M! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Bill, it is hard to do, but it is the real test of integrity! Thanks for commenting Bill!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Haha, too funny TT! :) Thanks for commenting!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh night shifts sure make us think about some funny stuff huh? Very interesting and yeah I've asked myself those questions during my night shifts and I did act the same around my boss on and off the clock. So why I nearly got fired a few times! LOL

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Haha, LOL. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the comment!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Right on my friend! Be true to yourself. That's all I have to say about that!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks brave! :) Did you get my email?

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      No. when did you send it?

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Last night, but maybe it didn't go through? Check your spam, if not there, I will resend an email later on tonight.

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Josh,

      Some good thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks! You are welcome!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks! You are welcome!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      No, it's not in my inbox. Did you email me thru "contact Bravewarrior" on HP?

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Josh - wonderful job and great selection of quotes. Night shifts have a way of causing pondering.

      Good write.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Loved your Poems on Integrity Josh. Sometimes it just comes Naturally, and Sometimes, it is Learned over the Years. "To Thine Own Self be True"...Shakespeare.

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks shining! Appreciate you stopping by! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yeah I did hmmm... Ok lol I will send one again again later on tonight :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      good job. what are the wages of integrity? I traded mine for the greater good.

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      Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Josh, great hub and insightful. A person's integrity is so important!

      Voted up.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Ann, I appreciate it! :)

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      pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Awesome hub full of truths. Being true to oneself and transparent in all that you think and do is second to none.

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      myownlife 4 years ago from london

      Honesty is the best policy that we can ever be able to compare.

      Great hub

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      Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      If one is to have true integrity: "Do as I say, not as I Do." Can never be a part of their ways.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks penny for stopping by and commenting! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks myownlife for stopping by and commenting, yes honesty is an important trait! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great truth Dave, thanks for stopping by and reading! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Obviously the night shift is working out well for you if this hub represents how you think while alone in the wee hours of the night. Well done! And that's not lie...I am being honest!:)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Linda,

      Thanks for your continued support and I am glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Integrity is such a valuable character trait. It is a honor to be trusted based upon who you are. Enjoyed the poem and it is very well written.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Dianna,

      Thanks for your precious comment!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      k. but still haven't gotten it!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Brave,

      Oh really that's weird?

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      And still haven't..... rlbmate@embarqmail.com.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent, josh - I love that scripture, which I have on my computer at work: "I know, my God, that you test the heart, and are pleased with integrity." 1 Chronicles 29 Your Sister in Christ, Faith Reaper

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Faith,

      Thanks for your feedback! Great verse of scripture, thanks for sharing Faith!

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