Do I Have Your Word?

I remember as a child always being reminded to be a person of integrity, meaning that I should do what I said I would do and that I should complete the things that I started. What I didn’t realize is that these qualities would somehow differentiate those who are successful from the rest. I don’t mean to say that you can never quit anything, but it is hard to judge any experience or activity unless you give it sufficient time. Anyone who has ever bought a house or a new car has had the experience of being bombarded with page after page of disclosures, disclaimers, and terms of purchase. Some of the best business and legal advice of modern times is to “put it in writing”. So what ever happened to the value of your word and the concept of integrity? I am by no means suggesting that business should be conducted without contracts, but what I am suggesting is that we all live with integrity and that we regard the value of our word with the utmost importance. Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. ~ don Miguel Ruiz While most of us are likely to keep our word when we have promised something to someone else, we frequently let ourselves down. Have you ever noticed that you have the same New Year’s resolutions year after year? Have you ever decided to change a thought or...