I find myself saying this more often now to my children and people that I meet. Integrity is one thing that is very important to me. I want to be seen as an honest individual, but not just when people see me, also when they are not around. Walking with Integrity is a way of life. It's something that should not be taken lightly. When your reputation has been run through the mud and you feel like no one is in your corner, your integrity is what you have to keep you grounded. There is no such thing as a little white lie. I often find myself saying, "I am an adult. I don't have to lie." This is true. We do not have to make excuses. If we do not want to do something we can just say NO. No need for endless discussions and finding ways to avoid someone, just say NO.
This is why I bring up integrity over pride. You may not want to hurt someone's feelings but if you do not follow through, it's better to have set the expectation that you were not going to in the first place. I would rather tell the truth and deal with the consequences than leading someone on. I have once heard the phrase, "maybes can kill you" I understand why they say that. I would rather have a definitive yes or no than a maybe and then the person doesn't come through. As we continue to walk and grow daily, keep this in mind. Everyday we have the opportunity to change a life. Let's change ours!
Until next time. Keep doing great things!