A blog for the extended Boosman family

10 February 2003

The Courage of Integrity

"The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity...these are the choices that measure your life. Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing".

I'm sure you've all seen those little framed "quotes" at stores like Successories and all. Hey, they even make "mocking" ones of those types of things. However, I do have the particular quote above framed in my office and this past weekend I had an interaction that sorely tested my commitment to always trying to act with integrity. One of my children has run afoul of an adult in a leadership role (I'm purposedly keeping this vague) and the actions of this said leader were just something that I had never experienced. One of the other adults involved in all of this said, "Wow, you are being so calm...if it were my child I'd be pissed". Well, I was angry, but I was trying to take the high road as hard as it was to do.

I'm trying to raise the kids with values like integrity, honesty, loyalty, etc. I try to be a good role model for them in these traits as well. But, boy...sometimes it is REALLY hard!