Wellness Works: May’s theme is integrity
May 4, 2022
Integrity is about having a moral compass and set of values that we live by in words and actions.
Brene Brown says integrity is, “Choosing courage over comfort, choosing what is right over what is fun, fast or easy, and choosing to practice our values instead of just professing them.”
How do we do that? We need to be champions of our own beliefs.
This is not always easy and can be hugely impacted by situation and personal circumstance, among other things. Integrity requires courage. Sometimes it will mean speaking up to interrupt something we know is hurtful or harmful. Other times it may mean opting out of something that you feel is wrong.
That’s okay. The important thing is to act and live in a way that honours your personal integrity and models it for others. In doing so, you will not only build your own character and well-being, but you will also have an impact on those around you.
Here are some ideas for your household to bring the idea of integrity into your spaces:
- Have every member of your household identify a value they hold and why.
- Maybe create a set of family values and post the list on your fridge.
- Talk about what things you do in your life, in your daily choices, that reflect your values.
- Create an “integrity collage” with cut-outs from magazines, drawings and words that you can put on your fridge or in a shared location in the household.
- Consider how you can take action in your own community to support important values and beliefs around global citizenship, such as honesty, collective responsibility, environmental stewardship, etc.
- Engage your child/ren in conversations around their digital interactions. You can discuss honesty, respect and values in the context of digital citizenship.
- Make a board with words relating to integrity like honesty, values, responsibility and courage. You can add pictures and use this as a way to engage with your child/ren about this important topic.