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Keeping One’s Word

The importance of integrity is self-evident. Lack of trust may extend beyond the person who broke the promise towards others as well. Following this logic, the health and structure of a society could be affected.

The Promise Movie

I recently watched a movie called, “The Promise”. So many little truths and realizations jumped out at me that I thought I would share some of them.

In the movie, there wasn’t just one promise made, there were many. And as I continue watching, I realize that there are often consequences to not keeping one’s word. The damage doesn’t just occur to oneself but also to the people who suffer loss from the broken word or promise.

Mistrusts

If someone promises something and doesn’t happen, the person who is counting on and put their faith in that person’s word learns mistrust.

That lack of trust may extend beyond the person who broke the promise towards others as well. Following this logic, the health and structure of a society could be affected.

Therefore, the lack of integrity is a double-edged sword. It cuts both the giver and the receiver. The giver of the promise will no longer be trusted and can no longer trade or work with the betrayed based on the strength of that person’s word.

Both parties have lost. If the ripples of betrayal extend beyond the two people, many people can be affected.

In relationships

In the case of a personal relationship, the cost of a broken word is more than just the loss of trust, it includes the inflicting of deep hurt on the person who was misled. For example, the vows of marriage are supposed to be sacred.

The personal and emotional cost for breaking them can be devastating for both parties. If there are others involved, such as children, it can wreak havoc on them as well.

Their lives will be disrupted by the breakup of the family or at the very least the ensuing cloud of mistrust that exists between the leaders of the household.

In businesses

In business, a person’s word has to be good. If you cannot keep true to your word, you cannot be trusted and when that happens, how can you continue to conduct commerce?

Credit lines will be cut and personal contacts, which are so valuable in the business world, can be lost.

 

Continue reading the last part:

Integrity (Part 2 of 2)

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