Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching. Integrity is made up of so many other character words. All of them point right back to integrity. This week we will be discussing ways other character words point to integrity and how to show more integrity every day.
Having patience is a sign of integrity. Being honest is showing integrity. Being responsible is a sign of integrity. If you are dependable, meaning others can rely on you, then you are showing integrity. All the other words we cover throughout the year tie back into integrity. There are so many ways to show you are a person with integrity.
Let’s explore integrity, look into learning what the right thing is and how to actually do it, especially when there is peer pressure involved. Certainly not every choice you make will be popular with everyone. It’s not about what other people think.
“What would you do if…”
…you saw your best friend stealing a scarf from the teacher’s desk?
…you noticed that your grandmother dropped a $20 bill the same day you wanted to buy a popular new video game?
…you saw the last piece of chocolate cake in the fridge but knew your sister was hoping to have it for dessert?
…you jokingly said something at recess and later heard it repeated as a rumor?
…you witnessed a classmate being bullied in the hallway at school?
Think about these scenarios and we will talk about the integrity decisions tomorrow.
Yesterday, we discussed some scenarios about integrity. Today, let's talk about how you should respond.
"Your friend is stealing from the teacher...you stand up to your friend and tell them not to do it and tell on them if they choose to do it anyway."
"Your grandmother dropped $20...and you picked it up and handed it back to her."
"You and your sister both want the last piece of cake...you discuss with her splitting it between you evenly."
"You made a joke that started a rumor...you tell everyone you were just joking when you said it and it wasn't true. You then apologize to any person affected by the joke/rumor."
"You witness a classmate being bullied....you stand up for the classmate in that moment. You also report the bullying to a teacher, Mr. Hicks, or Mrs. Pam."
There will be times that the right thing is not an obvious choice. We call these situations "gray areas". In these situations, it is best to empathize with the other people involved. Remember, empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. So, when faced with a gray area, use empathy to decide what is right. Wisdom will help you to know the right path, integrity helps you to take it.