Let’s consider the fourth core we strive for in our service of others … the Value of Integrity.
From Merriam Webster, we find the definition of integrity.
in•teg•ri•ty Pronunciation: \in-te-grə-tē\Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English integrite, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French integrité, from Latin integritat-, integritas, from integr-, integer entire
Date: 14th century
1 : firm to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility 2 : an unimpaired condition :soundness 3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided :completeness
So we learn that the word ‘integrity’ means the quality of being honest, having strong moral principle. This includes being whole or undivided. Honesty, entirety and wholeness.
Maybe it is best to learn the meaning of ‘integrity’ by seeing it in the life of another. Take 25 minutes to watch this YouTube video on Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez, Medal of Honor recipient.
The first few minutes is a newsclip of the ceremony where he received the Medal of Honor. The second part is from a speech in 1991 where he describes his life and actions in battle.
Our role as those who answer the higher calling of serving others in healthcare, leadership, work teams and on behalf of those who seek us with their needs is to offer the best of ourselves. To be men and women of authentic and excellent character. To serve with hands and hearts.
Thank you for your service,