“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”
– Douglas Adams
My Dear Readers, for this week’s post, let me share with you the Thought For The Week I am supposed to shed light unto and expound for the benefit of my fellow public servants this Monday.
As public servants, the essence of our being is service for the people. And to serve them we must do so to our utmost ability and capability with sincerity and integrity.
But what do we understand when we say sincerity and integrity?
Sincerity is said to be the quality of being free from pretense, deceit or hypocrisy. It is a mix of seriousness and honesty. Showing sincerity means being serious, kind and truthful.
Integrity, on the other hand, is the quality of being honest and having moral principles or moral uprightness. It is a personality trait we admire in a person because it means he/she has a moral compass that doesn’t waver. It literally means “wholeness” of character, as an integer is a whole number with no fractions.
From both meanings we can deduce that for us to render what we call as “real service”, we must serve with a heart of a good servant, that is with seriousness, compassion, and honesty with a set of moral principles that doesn’t get tempted or swayed by the alluring scent of money or by the dazzling brilliance of grandeur and power (indi matintar o mahaylo sang inggat sang pilak o ingganyo sang manggad kag poder).
Lastly, let me share these words of wisdom:
According to Scripture, virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character. It’s not about style, status, personal charisma, clout, or worldly measurements of success. Integrity is the main issue that makes the difference between a good leader and a bad one. ~ John MacArthur
These words do not apply only to leaders but to us as well, as members of the society. Let us all have the heart of a good servant! Live life with sincerity, compassion and integrity!