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Standing in the integrity of our word

posted Jan 29, 2013, 3:57 PM by Micah Mobley
As we have started a new calendar year, we have taken the opportunity to examine areas where we can continue to improve.  I continue to be amazed by the conversations that we have with our students about their lives, their goals, and their attempts to make their worlds what they want to see them become.  These conversations reveal a developing sense of who they are, who they want to be, and some incredibly dead-on insights that our young adults have about what it will take for them to become the kind of people they want to become.  Over and over, we hear the "correct" things being said...yet, we too often see slips backwards into old habits that are often counter-productive towards the goal of creating the lives they want.  

This begs the question, then: When we know what we want, and we can put it into words, how do we go about bringing it to reality?  This can be a daunting task for anyone.  But it is a task that can be made less imposing when we can start to put a simple idea into action.  When we strive to stand in the integrity of our word though, we can not help but see the positive results we all yearn for.  When we say we want to accomplish a task, then line our actions accordingly, we are in a position for success.  

Making the kind of life we want is not some unattainable monolith.  The positive results are simply a byproduct of that process.  When we stand in the integrity of our word, we are bound to improving.  When we take our own word seriously enough to take actions that give the words their value, then our lives and those of the people around us are going to be better.  When we recognize the potential power that our thoughts and words have (that is to say, by them being a catalyst for our action), then the other things begin to fall into place.  

This is not to say that we will be perfect, or that we will never succumb to human fears, faults, inadequacies, etc.  It is simply to say that when we stand in the integrity of our word today, then we are in a better position to be successful than we were yesterday.  It is a challenge not only to myself and to our students, but to all of us in our community.