Character and Integrity

by Daniel · 3 comments

One of the primary rules of navigation is this: What’s under the surface should carry more weight than what’s above the surface if the ship is going to make it through storms without capsizing. That’s exactly how it is with integrity. What’s under the surface had better be greater than what you’re showing to the world, or you’re never going to make it through the storms of life. –Pat Williams

Remaining sober requires maintaining a healthy, productive, integrity based life. It is the actions that matter. It is not what we share in meetings about how long we are sober, how we have a new life, or any other statement about how we have changed. It is about the change that occurs in our walk. It is our character that matters. When push comes to shove do we take the high road or the short cut?

I would love to say that I have always taken the high road, but that would be less than honest. I would be wrong to suggest that we “never” make mistakes or poor choices. The truth is we will make mistakes, we may take short cuts or actions that are self promoting, but the character lies within the recognition of the challenge and then amending the damage. That is integrity, that is character building. We are not perfect we are striving for spiritual perfection. Life is good…

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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william hay May 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Good afternoon Dan,
When you walk the walk, instead of just talking the talk, I find it much more comforting to look myself in the mirrior!! Love ya, william

Carolyn Hughes May 23, 2012 at 5:30 am

This is great Dan! Integrity was something I had to work on when I started to recover because I had got so used to having to cover up for my actions when I was drinking. Thankfully sobriety gives me the opportunity to be my authentic self with integrity on the inside as well as the outside!

Daniel May 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

Yes Carolyn for me I was riddled with guilt and slowly began to recognize that integrity is doing something about my actions!

Peace…

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