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Fifty-Two Keys for Living, Loving and Working

Protect integrity

Your integrity is the most important thing you have. Protect it at all costs. When it is gone, it is almost impossible to retrieve. It is who you are. It goes before you and follows after you. You are the message. Your integrity is a precious possession. It takes a lifetime to develop and nurture, but only an instant to lose it. Remember it is far easier to maintain your integrity than it is to reclaim it. My father often said to me, “Son, I can’t leave you much money, but I will leave you a name that you can be proud of.” He was right on both counts. I have never had to be ashamed of who I am or whose son I am. My fervent prayer is that my son and daughter will be able to say the same thing. A good name is a far better heritage than money. More money would be nice, but it pales in comparison to a good name. “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” Dwight David Eisenhower

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You Are Always on Stage

I have been wearing my Say Something Nice button and discovered that it is a magnet. People stop me to ask about it. Carol and I went on a Caribbean cruise and I started wearing the button. Fairly quickly news of it spread over the ship. I did not take a large number with me, but now with the help of some fellow passengers and very responsive crew members it has spread around the world.

            The last couple of Mondays I have worn it to my lunch at the S&S Cafeteria with my minister friends. Customers and staff are intrigued by it and want to know more about the buttons. Yesterday the supply I had with me quickly disappeared. I have learned a great lesson from this simple exercise.

            Our actions do count. People are paying attention. This simple message is spreading. Whether you are wearing a button or not, you are spreading a message. As one of the articles I often give out states, “You Are always on Stage.”

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