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Real Authentic Men - Integrity

Real Authentic Men - Integrity

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Webster defines’ integrity as: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artisticvalue: incorruptibility
Theodore Roosevelt – “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of anindividual and of nations alike” Thomas Jefferson – “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching” Ben Franklin – “Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion movethee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil, so shalt thou always live jollity; for agood conscience is a continual Christmas.” 
Defining integrity for myself means I act the same way I would whether someone waswatching me or not.Integrity is a huge value in my life now. I haven’t always lived my life this way. I learnedto lie as a young boy and act differently around different people. I maneuvered my waythrough life putting on an image for others while my personal life was in shambles. Through tough times I have learned the value of living a life of integrity. I regret so manythings I did as a young kid and well into my 30’s. My life wasn’t what I wanted it to be.I hated living life where I was always covering my tracks, wearing masks and putting upa front that wasn’t real. I spent countless hours having to track all this garbage and planfor the future. It was an utter and complete waste of time. My marriage and ultimatelymy relationships with everyone were slowly being destroyed because of it and yet evenour closest friends had no idea any of it was happening. I had learned to get away withall so well. I had become the master of disguises.My personality is one where I will continually do something, get hit in the head with a 2 X4 repeatedly, walk away and go right back to the very thing I just got struck over thehead for. I guess it’s tenacity but not in a good way. You’d think I would be brain-dead bynow for as many times as I have been hit. I finally came to my senses and decided I wasgoing to destroy everything I really cared about. I decided I needed to man up andbecome the man I needed to be for my family. I started connecting with a group of guyswho were committed to doing the same thing and we all came together by God’s divineintervention. My biggest fear going into this meeting was that no one would understandme; they would reject me. The first meeting I went to I remember being physically ill andintimidated and wanted to run as fast as I could and get away from there. I seriously feltlike I was going to have a heart attack. My palms were sweating, my heart was beatingand I felt light headed. I listened as everyone brutally and honestly bared his soul. I couldtell from the beginning this was not going to be like any other meeting I have ever beeninvolved in. Sitting there waiting for my turn I still felt like the odd man out, but then itwas my turn. I started talking and it all just came pouring out, somehow the fear andrejection I felt soon washed away. As I think back to that day, it felt like I spent an hourreleasing all the lies I had kept hidden inside, all the evil, wick thoughts and deeds I hadever done. It was now all out and free from within me. Something changed that day deepwithin me. I soon realized the power of truth and its ability to set people free.Now I live a very different life. I let integrity be my guide in most everything I do. Ichoose to be a Real Authentic Man, a man of quality and character. Yes I still haveregrets from past mistakes, but as I move forward and mature I realize that living a life

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