Who Is Watching?

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Who Is Watching?

     Our word of the month for February is integrity. Our definition for integrity is “doing the right thing, even when no-one is watching me.” This concept is simple enough to grasp, but incredibly hard to put into action. It constitutes an entire change of lifestyle! But there is one other aspect of integrity that is rarely confronted. What about doing the right thing- when everyone is watching?

     For the kids, I don’t just mean their parents, their teachers, or even their role models. I mean the ones who they are influenced by the most: their friends. When your authorities are watching, it is easy to do the right thing. When you are alone, it is more difficult. When everyone else is doing the wrong thing, it is nearly impossible; unless you are confident in your identity as a person of integrity.

     Integrity is one of the primary qualities required to achieve Black Belt Excellence, therefore it is also one of the most critical things we can teach the kids here at Pride. Before you can have discipline, before you can have perseverance, before you can have honesty; you must have integrity to ensure that you live by these qualities.
Integrity means doing the right thing, no matter who is watching-and no matter what they say. One of the best quotes from my favorite book has something to say about the importance of living your entire life with integrity:

     “…before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.” –Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird