Integrity is standing up for what you believe in.
It is treating everyone equally and fairly, acting independent of others that do otherwise.
It is being open and honest, responsible for all of your actions.
It is speaking out when others are treated poorly.
It is refusing to participate in actions detrimental to others.
It is admitting and apologising for your errors, when mistakes are made.
It is respecting your environment, your fellow humans, and your self.
Integrity is not a characteristic, it is a way of life.
It is what you do, and what you say, always.
It sets you apart from others, it defines you as a person.
Treat others as you would want to be treated.
Be upstanding, be forthright, be conscious of your actions.
Remember to always act with integrity.
“Integrity” by Gary Dodd
Gary Dodd is a writer from Melbourne, Australia. You can find out more about Gary and his poetry at www.garydodd.com
“INTEGRITY” original artwork
24″x36″ acrylic on stretched canvas. Ready to hang. Shipping included.
Prints available upon request.
Last year I went to visit my sister in Tucson, AZ. I had never been to the desert before. My first hike was a solo trip into Saguaro National Park on the Sendero Esperanza trail. The terrain seemed extraterrestrial. I meandered from flora to fauna, paying close attention to this new world. I moved slow in the heat. I saw birds fly in and out of holes in giant cacti. Lizards sprinted across the trail. The ground was red, covered with beautiful, sharp rocks. Everything I passed had spikes on its ends. The sun was unavoidable. I enjoyed the desert very much!
24″x36″ acrylic on stretched canvas. SOLD.
I came across some beautiful sections of a Maple tree lying next to the curb on my way home. I did not know the reason the tree was cut down. Looked like a healthy tree from the parts I examined. I decided to bring a few sections with me to help restore a new purpose to a life put out to pasture. Is a life worth more with years of experience and knowledge it has gained? Anyway, it sucks getting old, and this tree was old. I imagined what these limbs thought of as they lie on the curb next to each other
– all discombobulated and out of order.
I burned it all because I could not obtain it
Then after seeing what I had done
Wished I did more to save it
“Never Meant To Last”. 24″x36″. Acrylic on canvas.
A name is just a name
We’re all the same from whence we came
From a sprouting bud to shiny toy
It is all but a fleeting joy
Seasons changes, mind’s erased
Nature desires a new taste
mesmerizing round about
Garbage in and garbage out
“Garbage In Garbage Out.” 16″x20″ acrylic on canvas.
“Wild Things Go”. 24″x36″. acrylic on stretched canvas.
She stepped out into the moonlight
To shower in its glow
But she could feel somebody watching
And retreated into the forest
Where all the wild things go