honesty – probity – rectitude – sincerity – wholeness
With integrity you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt. With fear and guilt removed you are free to be and do your best. ~ Zig Ziglar
My life is quite simple. Imperfect, yes, but oh, so, simple. In fact, I can whittle it down to a nice equation:
Integrity + Harmony x Love = Happiness
So, what exactly is INTEGRITY? I suppose that can only be defined by each person. For me, I find the definition in the wonderful teaching of Mahatma Ghandi when he said “happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” In fact, INTEGRITY can be applied not only within, but in all aspects of life: business, government, nature, etc.
You may not see the word “integrity” in Ghandi’s quote, but to me INTEGRITY is the soundness of the whole of I; the elements of which ebb and flow into and out of each other as the waves on an ocean. When one element loses its congruency, then INTEGRITYof the whole of I is compromised.
What does INTEGRITY mean to you?
let it go and make a U-turn, instead;
head towards serenity instead of dread,
it frees up the heart and clears up the head.
Everybody experiences days that are bad;
some laugh it off and some crawl back in bed.
The remedy is not some short lived fad,
a cup full of Chi, some Om-ness, and a tad
of gratitude will lead you back to glad.
While you sit there like a toad on a pad,
I’ll enjoy a dose of smile and laughter, my lad.
etym. 1919, American Slang
|Adjective:||In excellent order; very satisfactory.|
delightful – fine – hunky-dory – mellow – unpresumptuous
My father came up through the Depression. He was like a hobo for a long time, on a freight car, traveling through twenty-one states. His whole attitude was, there are three sides to every story, so you gotta make sure everything is copacetic before you commit.~Danny DeVito, “What I’ve Learned”
The unknown intrigues me more than the known and the word, COPACETIC, tickles my brain. It is certainly not a word or slang term I hear or read often. Therefore, I looked into my Google-crystal ball and this is what I found out about the charming word that is fun to roll off the tongue and lips:
- Originated around 1919
- References to Italian, Creole or Hebrew origin.
- Associated with jazz, prison, street slang.
- Derivative “kopasetee” used by French Creole of Louisiana.
- Derivative “kol b’tzedek”; a Hebrew expression meaning “all in order/all with justice.”
- Derivative “copasenee,” a Chinook term meaning “all is satisfactory.”
Regardless of where COPACETIC originated (or why it originated), the energy behind its nine simple letters brings a hunky-dory mellowness to my day! I am smitten with the word, COPACETIC, and am certain it will become my daily motto: Keep’n it Copa!
The road of Life rarely moves along
straight and narrow passages;
neither does the road of time,
nor the road of Me,
Myself, and I.
And the depth of vitality accompanying
depends on what is escorted:
gratitude or callousness,
an open mind or prejudices,
compassion or hatred.
Yet the versatility to move along the
curves and planes,
mountains and canyons,
darkness and light,
reside within me.
From a source of
balance and harmony
stillness and serenity
focus and heart,
is my mirror of truth for self-reflection.
The element that affects my
interpretation and judgment,
feelings and perception,
actions and reactions,
each moment, each step, of the way.
I am often asked, “do you believe in God.” I respond:
I believe in a divine power that is greater than myself, whether his, her, or its name is “God,” “Jehova,” “Allah,” “Buddha,” etc., matters not to me.
I believe that I know that I do not know, but my human senses create a perception, a sensation, based upon my history of experiences.
I believe I am more than this shell of a body, that an essence exists within, a spirit, a soul, an energy that is more than this mortal mind can comprehend.
I believe that it is pretentious of me to think that the higher power only speaks English, only communicates with a certain sect of the human race, walks with two legs, or sits on a throne with a scepter in one hand, rendering punishment, or is the catalyst for the wins and losses of football games, or pulls the strings allowing John Doe to hit the big lottery.
“EVERYTHING is sacred from the largest mountain to the smallest plant and animal. A lesson can be found in all things and experiences and everything has a purpose. To sum up Native Spirituality; it is about HONOR, LOVE, and RESPECT. Not only do we love, honor, and respect our Creator and our Mother Earth, but also every living thing. It is about being in touch with ourselves and everything around us. It is about knowing and understanding that we are part of everything, and everything is a part of us. We are all One. Native American isnt blood; it is what is in the heart. The love for the land. The respect for it, those who inhabit it; and the respect and acknowledgement of the spirits and the elders. That is what it is to be indian.” (White Feather, Navajo Medicine Man)
I believe it is arrogant of me to think the cultures and traditions I was born into and raised with is superior to all other cultures, races, religions, traditions, and philosophies.
I believe it is egotistical of me to declare this planet, in and of itself, though just an ort smaller than a grain of sand in the endless vastness of the unknown Universe, holds preference to all the known and unknown planets and galaxies in the universe.
I believe in and look for the common string in all people, all religions, all philosophies, all sciences.
I believe in possibilities.
I believe in the freedom of each person to hold their own beliefs, travel their own life journey, make their own discoveries, while respecting the rights and freedom of others.
I believe in the reasoning of many teachings of many people, from the most notorious to the lowest of all classes, respecting the wisdom in all.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” (Buddha)
I believe in you.
I believe in me.
I believe in Love.
I believe in existence.
I believe in peace.
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. (Albert Einstein, 1954)
I believe everything is possible and nothing is certain.
Once upon a time, a symmetrically whole being evolved called “Man”. Man was as a perfectly round circle. All of Man’s appendages and organs had corresponding duplicates facing each other, four hands, four legs, four ears, and two faces sharing one head in common. When formed together, it was perfect wholeness. Man lived in a two worlds simultaneously, the world of Becoming and the world of Being.
In the world of Becoming, all physical manifestations are defined through the senses of sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. It is a physical world; a world in constant movement and change.
In the world of Being, everything consists up of forms, ideas, and absoluteness. It is a world of freedom of transcendence. Though the world of Being never changes, it is the catalyst for the essentials of that which exists in the world of Becoming. The relationship between the two worlds is everything and nothing.
Man evolved in strength and vigor, eventually bringing about a formidable pride, an arrogance. Man became obsessed to rule both worlds, eventually attacking and destroying anything and everything that got in its way to “godship.”
And so Zeus, one of the gods, had an idea, “I think,” he said, “that I have found a way by which we can allow the human race to continue to exist and also put an end to their wickedness by making them weaker. I will cut each of them in two; in this way they will be weaker, and at the same time more profitable to us by being more numerous.”
Fast forward to today.
Consider. Humans have a dual nature of existence. We are a microcosm within the macrocosm. Love illuminates this longing to realize the divine within us and to help others realize their potential, as well. Love helps us to find a relationship between the two worlds we live in. Love is simply the name for Man’s desire and pursuit for wholeness, once again.
Consider. Humans are in constant movement searching for the meaning of life and love. As we ascend, we become closer to the absoluteness of the Divine through love’s prompting our own abilities to express, first on the physical plane, then on deeper layers via works of art, literature, music, relationships, to ourselves.
Consider. When we search for and recognize the divine in others, one discovers the divine in oneself. We come to recognize that, in all its forms, divinity is one and the same. A perfect circle of wholeness. It is absolute. Love is the world of Being providing the essence within the world of Becoming.
Plato’s, The Symposium, suggests that there is an internal mechanism through which Humans travel between both worlds. He shows how, through the powerful conduit of Love, Man can arrive at the highest apex of existence, an intuitive and mystical state of consciousness; an innate state of wholeness.
It is from this ancient story that we may consider the essence of the innate love human beings feel for one another. Love, which restores us to our ancient state by attempting to reuniting two halves into one. Love, which heals the wounds humanity suffers. The way to happiness for the Human race lies in honor and respect of Love; by returning to our original condition.
adversary – opponent – rival – tormentor
Could it be that our only nemesis in this world is the nemesis of Ego? The nemesis that bombards the soul with self-pity and doubt, sabotaging personalities with intolerance and impatience, fueling the amassing of anger and resentment above compassion and forgiveness.
What if we courageously faced our own nemesis instead of looking outward to place the title on others through blame? Possibly then we would see more light and love in our world … a world of peace.
No one to blame! That was why most people led lives they hated, with people they hated. How wonderful to have someone to blame! How wonderful to live with one’s nemesis! You may be miserable, but you feel forever in the right. You may be fragmented, but you feel absolved of all the blame for it. Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.” ~Erica Jong
What is it, today, that my nemesis has to teach me? Do I have the serenity to accept the things I cannot change? Do I have the courage to change the things I can for the betterment of I and all kind (mankind and nature)? Am I willing to strive for the wisdom to recognize the difference?
Synonyms: Characteristic – Ecentric – Individuality – Personality – Quirk
“Personality is the supreme realization of the innate idiosyncrasy of a living being. It is an act of high courage flung in the face of life, the absolute affirmation of all that constitutes the individual, the most successful adaptation to the universal condition of existence coupled with the greatest possible freedom for self-determination.”- Carl Gustav Jung, 1934
Affirmation: The embraceable you, the embraceable I. Unique individuals patched together by vibrant IDIOSYNCRASIES, likes, dislikes and visions. I embrace the freedom of being!