Integrity in Life.

In life, are you true to all?

You do your best for others,

Try to get it right,

To the best of your ability,

In the way it should be done.

But when you do things

For yourself,

Do you take shortcuts

So that the job,

Or life experience,

Is not quite right?

If you are a truly moral person

With integrity to the fore

You would always do it right,

Even if nobody was watching.


  • Michael Edwards

    Fine sentiments Andy. I don't always get it right - so often I get engrossed in my own world and forget others but I do try.

    • Goldfinch60

      Thank you Michael. I think that is the same for me as well.

    • orchidee

      A fine write Gold. Yes - bit similar to 'If a tree fell in a wood, and no one was around, would it make a noise when it fell?'
      Also: ' Not doing things any differently, whether people are around or not'.

      • Goldfinch60

        Thanks Orchi, yes verytrue.

      • dusk arising

        Ah, a part of me believes i have become the mature craftsman who takes a pride in his work.
        There is no such thing as described in your last line you know. For I, me, the decision maker, am always watching - I would know.
        However, lifes experience and todays economic reality take their toll. When ones services are wanted for the lowest price, a trade off compromise is achieved. 'what will suffice' replaces perfection.
        Once again a thought provoking piece from Goldfinch which gets the juices flowing.

        • Goldfinch60

          Yes I agree, I have worked with craftsmen who do not know how not to to the best they can and they are awe inspiring to watch.

        • ANGELA & BRIAN

          Thanks UNCLE ANDY ~ Love the LOST CHORD ~ There is a touch of obtaining the unobtainable about it which is the essence of all Scientific Research ! We liked your HOMILY on INTEGRITY. The jobs we undertake require absolute integrity ! Whether it is teaching "The Truth of Science" ~ Research into Coastal Erosion or Practicing the Art of Physiotherapy ~ absolutes must ALWAYS be followed ! We both find that this "Integrity of Profession" spills over in to everyday life ~ OK ! Blessings & Love to You & Joyce ~
          BRIAN & ANGELA 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

          • Goldfinch60

            Thank you A and B. Yes that integrity in our own lives is so important to us.

          • A.H. Browning

            Great message. Cheers.

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you A.H. much appreciated.

            • Lorna

              My mother always was and always will be watching...... couldn't ever get away with anything and now she is firmly ensconced in heaven and every day winds the conscience clocks she gave her children........

              • Goldfinch60

                Yes she gave you the integrity and would expect nothing less from you.

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