I’m flying to LA after church today to fill in for Sharon Osbourne on The Talk tomorrow, (Monday), so make sure you watch! 😉👍♥️ As I packed and gathered a few clothing items I needed for the show, I remembered to grab my headphones so I could finish listening to a book that I’ve been re-reading this week. You know how sometimes we get so busy we forget to read and then find ourselves craving a book to stimulate some thoughts? Well I busted out the audible books and started to listen again to one of my favorites, “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen. It is just a tiny little book, 64 pages, originally published in 1902, but the message it holds is not just timeless but life altering. In fact it is listed as one of the top 10 books that will change your life! As I was listening, I found myself making notes and pretty soon realized I was writing down almost everything I heard from this book! Seriously it’s a must read if you haven’t and if you have bust it out again!!😁👍 #LoveIt♥️
Another book James Allen wrote that’s another reread for me starting Monday, (after I co-host on #TheTalk😉) and I LOVE, is about Integrity being “The Sublimest Thing In Nature”...
“In the memory of men and the estimation of the world the man of integrity occupies a higher place than the man of genius. The man of genius may be very unhappy, but not so the man of integrity. Nothing—not sickness, nor calamity, nor death—can deprive him of that permanent satisfaction which inheres in uprightness.” (Eight Pillars of Prosperity, James Allen)
So James Allen pretty much said integrity is more important than being smart. 🤓🤣
Well, my Father was a man of uprightness and said, “There are two things worth dying for, God and your Good Name.” He had such amazing integrity and that example is something I am so grateful for and have tried to emulate every day of my life. He instilled in his family the importance of what a good name means and looks like daily. Because of him I have tried to make sure I am honest in all my dealings. Most importantly, it is something I want my children to see in me... the way I saw it in my Dad.
This list are some of the ways he would share with us, his children, how to remember to use integrity in our lives each day:
Think carefully before you speak, then always speak the truth with kindness.
Think carefully before you agree to do something, then work hard not to let anyone down; be trustworthy.
Think carefully before you speak harshly of someone else... always give others the benefit of the doubt and treat them with respect.
Be that person anyone can trust.
Keep your word.
Have the courage to follow your convictions.
I love my Dad! I’m his only daughter, born on his birthday...(not induced, legit😁👍)... and very grateful for his powerful example in my life!
What does integrity mean to you? I would love to hear your thoughts…