Integrity is the most precious and valuable trait a person can possess.
Integrity is being brave and confident to stand your own ground. It’s having a strong moral compass and defending your own beliefs. It’s being honest at all costs and doing the right thing, even when no one is there to validate your actions.
So, when I think about this wretched, corrupted and sick world that we live in nowadays, all I can say is that integrity is truly a characteristic that only a few genuine people out there possess.
People are usually born that way. However, it is my belief that if practiced, anything can be learned. And the best way to learn it is to be out of it and to feel extremely uncomfortable with what you’ve done.
Here are 12 inspiring traits of those rare people who possess true integrity! May we know them, and may we be them!
1. THEY RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE’S TIME
They understand the importance of other people’s responsibilities; therefore, they are very considerate of their time. They respect and value people’s boundaries because, at the end of the day, that’s the way they want to be treated as well.
2. THEY ALWAYS GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE
Even if it’s about something small, they never take credits for things they didn’t do. The people who gave the effort to create or produce a certain thing are the ones who need to be accredited for it.
Taking credit for someone else’s work is something they will never approve of. They consider it as a miserable act to get to the center of attention.
3. THEY ARE GENUINE HUMAN BEINGS
People who live righteously living are the most honest and genuine human beings. They are not the people who would tell you one, but do another thing behind your back.
These rare gems will never ever hide behind a fake, cool, exterior. They’ll always show their true colors, whether people like it or not.
4. AND HONEST TO THE CORE
You can rest assured because a person of these unique qualities won’t feel the need to lie to you. They know that a lie has no legs, and sooner or later, it’ll all be out in the open.
Whatever they need to say, they’ll always make sure to say it right to your face. And, hey, no hard feelings.
5. THEY GIVE PEOPLE THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT
These people see the world through pink lenses and truly believe in the goodness in people. Even though we’re living in a society surrounded by evil (in disguise), they still search for the purity inside of people’s souls.
6. THEY DON’T FIGHT OVER LITTLE DISAGREEMENTS
You’ll never hear them arguing over anything. Because people with a strong moral compass prefer to settle their issues through a civilized conversation and nothing less.
They believe fighting is a reaction to an emotion of an extremely low vibration. And negativity is something they would never settle for.
7. THEY HAVE A GREAT INTUITION
They have the power to sense whenever something is bothering a person. Whether someone’s sad or feels empty, these people will always notice. And what’s more, they’ll always have your back. Whatever cheers you up and sparkles your eyes, they’ll do it.
8. THEY ARE THE HUMBLEST INDIVIDUALS
Even though they’re confident and very aware of their own worth, people with true integrity are among the most modest individuals on Earth. Because the ultimate test of a great man is in their humble nature.
“The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
9. AND THEY’RE ALWAYS KIND TO THOSE IN NEED
Kindness and love are the only things that when shared, they multiply. That’s why these people live life by one simple rule: In a world where you can be anything, be kind. Because kind words will unlock every iron door. Kindness has the power to change the world. And it begins with us.
10. THEY KNOW WHEN TO APOLOGIZE
If they did something wrong, they won’t think twice before they say a kind and truthful “I’m sorry”. These people aren’t afraid to apologize. They don’t feel less if they make a mistake.
On the contrary, people with strong integrity understand that as humans we’re bound to eventually be wrong. But the most important thing is to always own up to the mistakes and make things right again.