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Where’s Your Honor?

By: Michael Blankenship |

“Without integrity and honor, having everything means nothing.” 

– Robin Sharma

When I think of “honor”, I imagine a knight from medieval times, clad in gleaming armor, a banner in one hand and a broadsword in the other.

But honor is more than a mere image from a storybook.

It’s a complex concept, embodied in acts of integrity, loyalty, and respect. I’m not talking about honor as a cultural concept, but as an individual call to integrity. 

It might be a bit archaic, but the concept of honor is also a beautiful concept representing a person’s discipline to be honest, straightforward, and do what they say they’re going to do.

Ultimately, having honor and integrity challenges us to be better in the following ways…

Saying No

Having honor often requires us to say “no”. This isn’t about rejecting responsibilities or being uncooperative, but about setting boundaries and not compromising our values. Whether it’s refusing to engage in unethical behavior, or standing up against peer pressure, saying “no” often takes courage and strength.

Doing, Despite

Honor also means carrying on, even when things get tough. It’s about dedication and tenacity, pushing through hardships and setbacks in order to fulfill our promises and commitments. This element of honor challenges us to be steadfast in our pursuits and unwavering in our dedication, even in the face of adversity.

Integrity, Without Repercussions

Finally, having honor means maintaining integrity even when there are no direct repercussions. It’s about doing the right thing, not because we fear punishment, but because it aligns with our moral compass. This form of honor helps us maintain an unshakeable commitment to our principles, irrespective of external influences or temptations.

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