Being healthy to me is health of mind, body, and spirt. As we see what’s happening on the world stage and here in the United States, I step back and look at all the violence, rage, and lying. People are turning against people of a different faith, color, political view, and choice of gender. , is seen in our schools, social media, and in politics. Blaming others and taking no responsible for their actions. The mind, body, and spirt is faltering in our country. Our words matter, thoughts matter, and our actions matter. For things to change we each have to look at our own moral values. Do we live our lives with integrity? One of the most often quoted passages in English literature and the theme for countless graduation speeches and self-help essays comes from Hamlet. A character named Polonius tells his son Laertes: “This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man”. Many people remember only the first part of the line “To thin own self be true” and interpreted we should do whatever we want to do, whatever feels good to us. I interpreted it to mean we must be true to our conscience, and to do that, you cannot be false to any man. In other words, being true to our conscience, being honest with ourselves, will determine the character of our relations with others. That is a concise definition of integrity.
When we think about the health of the mind, we tend to think about those who have some type of mental illness, but we forget to think of our own our community and our country. We are at a time in our history that has never happen before and many of us are saying what can I do to change the direction our society is headed in. We must be true to our own integrity and morality. The most important first step is to always tell the truth. There are times when someone else’s truth makes us defensive, as if our truth is the only truth. How do we put ourselves in another person’s shoes, we can’t. We can however respect them enough to listen to what they have to say, and then respect their beliefs. With the “Me Too” movement, black lives matter, the never again movement, it is a time of great change on our wonderful planet. It’s a time for each of us to look at ourselves and for many of us a time for change and understanding. If we want the world to change we must change. Live our lives with integrity. speak truth to power. Be kind to those around us. Smile at the checkout person and ask them how their day is going and really mean it. Hold the door for some one. Let others know you see them. They are not invisible. As we change and stand for truth, the world begins to change.