We are going to visit the arena of Profound Humanness called "Integrity." Sometimes "integrity' is reduced to mean a kind of moral uprightness and steadfastness, in the sense of saying, "He has too much integrity to ever take a bribe."
But profound integrity goes far beyond this. This is the integrity which is not constrained by limited moralities, however well-intentioned. The integrity that is profound living is the singularity of thrust of a life committed and ordering every dimension of the self towards that commitment. Thus the self is in fact shaped by the self, and focused towards that commitment. You can say that an audacious creation of the self takes place in integrity, without which you are simply the creation of the various forces impacting you in your society.
Thus the basis of integrity is a destinal resolve -- a resolve that chooses and sets your destiny and out of which your whole life is ordered. The object of that resolve is the ultimate decision of each person, and each person makes that choice, consciously or unconsciously. To do so with awareness is the height of man's responsibility. It is incarnate freedom. It is what real freedom looks like. When man has thus exercised his freedom he realizes that to be true to himself ever thereafter he has a unique position to look at the values of his society. He is no longer bound by the opinions and codes of his fellow man, but re-evaluates them on the basis of their impact on his destinal resolve.
Thus the man of integrity is continuously engaged in a societal transvaluation, a moving across the values of society and reinterperting them in line with his life's thrust. It does not give him the liberty of ignoring his society, but his obligation transcends the conformity of living within the codes and mores of his society. Thus the man of profound integrity always seems to not quite fit with his fellowmen, but his actions always are appropriate for him, even to those who oppose him.
No matter how odd the man of profound integrity appears to his neighbors, he experiences himself as securely anchored. While he is very clear that this world is not his home, nevertheless he experiences himself as having found his native vale. He experiences an eternal at-one-ness, not so much with the currents and waves of activity around him, but with the deep trends of history itself. Amid the flux of wavering to and fro that is so evident in others, he experiences an inexplicable rootedness, as though he has sunk a taproot deep into the foundation of the earth itself. Though he experiences his life as a long journey, even an endless journey, towards the object of his resolve, yet he never senses himself as a stranger on the journey. It's as if he'd been there before. Original integrity is experienced primarily by this sense of at- one-ness.
Kierkegaard once wrote a book about this kind of integrity that he titled, "Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing." An ancient philosopher focused his wisdom around this integrity with the advice, "Know yourself, and to your own self be true."
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A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE WINS
There is no alternative to personal integrity.
You count. Your personal integrity adds your light to the sum of light. You are becoming part of a global shift in which each individual is the model for a positive, caring, productive, coperative and lovilng member of the human family. A critical mass change in consciousness creates possibility, liberating us from the idea of impossibility. Agreement with the idea of impossibility binds humanity to outmoded, untenable beliefs -- beliefs that produce stagnation and destruction, either by design of default. What then can one person do?
Being true to oneself is the heart of personal integrity.
Being True to oneself requires commitment, awareness, courage and practice. Consistently exercising your own ilntegrity produces inner harmony - ultimately extending the spirit of universal cooperation as more and more ilndividuals choose to demonstrate ilntegrity. It begins with you.
Living your integrity becomes the rule instead of the exception.
It transforms the quality of your life. You may observe ilts transformational currents radiating in wider and wider circles through your universe. You become living proof that loving is very effective.
Loving, serving, and working together we can redirect the potentially destructive course charted for our planet towards positive upliftment where huminity wins. Don't wait for a better future; create it nowin the present.
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THAT IS THE
CORE OF HUMAN SPIRIT
POINT OF VIEW
OF GOD - THE DESIGN.
[WE GET TO FIND OUT!]
AND EVER SO MUCH A LOVING HUMAN.
©Randolph Craft 1982
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UNTIL ONE IS COMMITTED
THERE IS HESITANCY, THE CHANCE TO DRAW BACK,
CONCERNING ALL ACTS OF INITIATIVE [AND CREATION]
THERE IS ONE ELEMENTARY TRUTH,
THE IGNORANCE OF WHICH KILLS COUNTLESS IDEAS
AND SPLENDID PLANS:
THAT THE MOMENT ONE DEFINITELY COMMITS ONESELF,
THEN PROVIDENCE MOVES TOO.
ALL SORTS OF THINGS OCCUR TO HELP ONE
THAT WOULD OTHERWISE NEVER HAVE OCCURRED.
A WHOLE STREAM OF EVENTS ISSUES FROM THE DECISION,
RAISING IN ONE'S FAVOR ALL MANNER
OF UNFORESEEN INCIDENTS AND MEETINGS
AND MATERIAL ASSISTANCE,
WHICH NO MAN COULD HAVE DREAMT
WOULD HAVE COME HIS WAY.
I HAVE LEARNED A DEEP RESPECT
FOR ONE OF GOETHE'S COUPLETS:
"WHATEVER YOU CAN DO, OR DREAM YOU CAN...BEGIN IT.
BOLDNESS HAS GENIUS, POWER AND MAGIC IN IT."
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition 1951
reprinted with permission
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The poems to come are for you and for me and are not for mostpeople -- it's no use trying to pretend that mostpeople and ourselves are alike. Mostpeople have less in common with ourselves that the squarerootofminusone. You and I are human beings; mostpeople are snobs.
Take the matter of being born. What does being born mean to mostpeople? Catastrophe unmitigated. Socialrevolution. The cultured aristocrat yanked out of his hyperexclusively ultravoluptuous super-palazzo, and dumped into an incredibly vulgar detention camp swarming with every conceivable species of undesirable organism. Mostpeople fancy a guaranteed birthproof safetysuit of nondestructible selflessness.
If mostpeople were to be born twice they'd improbably call it dying -- you and I are not snobs. We can never be born enough. We are human beings; for whom birth is a supremely welcome mystery, the mystery of growing: the mystery which happens only and whenever we are faithful to ourselves.
You and I wear the dangerous looseness of doom and find it becoming. Life, for eternal us, is now; and now is much too busy being a little more than everything to seem anything, catastrophic included.
Life, for mostpeople, simply isn't. Take the socalled standardofliving. What do mostpeople mean by "living"? They don't mean living. They mean the latest and closest plural approximation to singular prenatal passivity which science, in its finite but unbounded wisdom, has succeeded in selling their wives. If science could fail, a mountain's a mammal.
wives can spot a genuine delusion of embryonic omnipotence
immediately and will accept no substitutes -
-- luckily for us, a mountain is a mammal. The plusorminus movie to end moving, the strictly scientific parlourgame of real unreality, the tyranny conceived in misconception and dedicated to the proposition that every man is a woman and any woman a king, hasn't a wheel to stand on. What their most synthetic not to mention transparent majesty, mrsandmr collective foetus, would improbably call a ghost is walking. He isn't an undream of anaesthetized impersons, or a cosmic comfort-station, or a transcendentally sterilized lookiesoundiefeelietastiesmellie. He is a healthily complex, a naturally homogeneous, citizen of immortality. The now of his each pitying free imperfect gesture, his any birth or breathing, insults perfected inframortally millenniums of slavishness. He is a little more than everything, he is democracy; he is alive: he is ourselves.
Miracles are to come.
With you I leave a remembrance of miracles: they are by somebody who can love and who shall be continually reborn, a human being; somebody who said to those near him, when his fingers would not hold a brush "tie it into my hand"--nothing proving or sick or partial. Nothing false, nothing difficult or easy or small or colossal. Nothing ordinary or extraordinary, nothing emptied or filled, real or unreal; nothing feeble and known or clumsy and guessed. Everywhere tints childrening, innocent spontaneous, true. Nowhere possibly what flesh and impossibly such a garden, but actually flowers which breasts are among the very mouths of light. Nothing believed or doubted; brain over heart, surface: nowhere hating or to fear; shadow, mind without soul. Only how measureless cool flames of making; only each other building always distinct selves of mutual entirely opening; only alive. Never the murdered finalities of wherewhen and yesno, impotent nongames of wrongright and rightwrong; never to gain or pause, never the soft adventure of undoom, greedy anguishes and cringing ecstasies of inexistence; never to rest and never to have: only to grow.
Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.
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Excellence is never an accident. It is achieved in an organization or institution only as a result of an unrelenting and vigorous insistence on the highest standards of performance. It requires an unswerving expectancy of quality from the staff and volunteers.
Excellence is contagious. It infects and affects everyone in the organization. It charts the direction of program. It establishes the criteria for planning. It provides zest and vitality to the organization. Once achieved, excellence has a talent for permeating every aspect of the life of the organization.
Excellence demands commitment and a tenacious dedication from the leadership of the organization. Once it is accepted and expected, it must be nourished and continually reviewed and renewed. It is a never-ending process of learning and growing. It requires a spirit of motivation and boundless energy. It is always the result of a creatively conceived and precisely planned effort.
Excellence inspires; it electrifies. It potentializes every phase of the organization's life. It unleashes an impact which influences every program, every activity, every committee, every staff person. To instill it in an organization is difficult; to sustain it, even more so. It demands adaptability, imagination and vigor. But most of all, it requires from the leadership a constant state of self-discovery and discipline.
Excellence is an organization's life-line. It is the most compelling answer to apathy and inertia. It energizes a stimulating and pulsating force. Once it becomes the expected standard of performance, it develops a fiercely driving and motivating philosophy of operation.
Excellence is a state of mind put into action. It is a road-map to success. When a climate of excellence exists, all things come easier.
Excellence in an organization is important....because it is everything..
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MASTERY in one's career and consciousness growth simply requires that we constantly produce results beyond and out of the ordinary. Mastery is a product of consistently going beyond our limits. For most people, it starts with technical excellence in a chosen field and a commitment to that excellence. If you are willing to commit yourself to excellence, to surround yourself with things that represent this and miracles, your life will change. [When we speak of miracles, we speak of events or experiences in the real world which are beyond the ordinary.]
It is remarkable how much mediocrity we live with, surrounding ourselves with daily reminders that the average is the acceptable. Our world suffers from terminal normality. Take a moment to assess all of the things around you that promote your being "average". These are the things that keep you powerless to go beyond a "limit" you arbitrarily set for yourself. The first step to mastery is the removal of everything in your environment that represents mediocrity, removing those things that are limiting. One way is to surround yourself with friends who ask more of you than you do. Didn't some of your best teachers, coaches, parents, etc.?
Another step on the path to mastery is the removal of resentment toward masters. Develop compassion for yourself so that you can be in the presence of masters and grow from the experience. Rather than comparing yourself and resenting people who have mastery, remain open and receptive; let the experience be like the planting of a seed within you that, with nourishment, will grow into your own individual mastery.
You see, we are all ordinary. But a master, rather than condemning himself for his "ordinariness", will embrace it and use it as a foundation for building the extraordinary. Rather than using it as an excuse for inactivity, he will use it as a vehicle for correcting, which is essential in the process of attaining mastery. You must be able to correct yourself without invalidating or condemning yourself, to accept results and improve upon them. Correct, don't protect. Correction is essential to power and mastery.
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