Integrity “It is not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives integrity.” ~Sr. Francis Bacon Integrity is defined in the dictionary as “adherence to moral and ethical principals; soundness of moral character; honesty; the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.” In order to achieve this disposition, I will continue to focus on my wellbeing. To live a life of integrity entails the utmost level of respect and honesty towards myself. In order to achieve the goals I strive for, my wellbeing is a top priority. It is impossible to contribute to society or live a fulfilling life without having a healthy lifestyle. It is vital to make sure that I am physically and mentally healthy. Everyday, I aim to make smart food choices and exercise regularly. My efforts have nothing to do with pleasing others or fitting some desired image. Rather, I do it for myself. I want to be physically fit to endure what is to come. If I want to be productive, I need to take care of body. Naturally, being in good physical shape leads to a healthy mental state. I will always work towards a positive self-image. It is vital to possess an uplifting spirit with the ability to focus on the positives. There are many depressing events and situations in life, that without a strong mental state, one could feel hopelessly defeated. A positive outlook on life and on myself has and will aid me through the difficult times. I vow to strengthen my character by being optimistic, even when I am overwhelmed with discouragement. It is easy to get lost in the pressures of society and feel the need to retract from my own beliefs. However, I am going to consistently work to stay true to my principles, thus creating a strong wellbeing. Recognizing the power that I possess and eventually embracing that power will set me free from the destructive action of ignoring my beliefs. Above all, I promise to stay true to myself. I refuse to let the norms within our society to alter my way of thinking. By no means will I ever agree with many people in thinking that the car you drive or the house you live in determines success. I will never eat consciously, work out, or strive towards success to earn the acceptance of others; accomplishments that I make will be for myself. I am confidant that in times of distress and I feel astray, a stable wellbeing will always guide me back to my indisputable principles. I am still young and do not have everything figured out. I am unsure of what situations I will encounter and inevitable struggles I will endure, but I am certain that if I work towards a healthy physical and mental lifestyle, I will ultimately create a strong wellbeing and live with integrity. A sturdy core generated from personal principles is the roadmap to a rewarding life.
Meaningful Relationships “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” ~Anthony Brandt The relationships that I have with my family members and close friends are the most important to me. I recognize that there are certain ingredients to healthy relationships, regardless of whom it is with. These elements, among many, include respect, loyalty, commitment, and consistency. Everyone is different, and people are bound to make choices in which I do not personally agree with. However, if someone that I have committed to makes a decision opposed to my beliefs, I will be respectful and understanding. Just because I do not agree does not mean that I am right. I strive to be loyal and dedicate myself to those I genuinely care about. I have always been very protective of the people who are close to me. For example, I would never talk about my friends behind their backs or let anyone else do so in my presence. My family and friends realize that they can confide in me about anything and be confident that I will never share the information with anyone else. It is one of my personal goals in life to maintain my relationships. They require a great deal of effort and patience, which I will continue to do. I promise to never turn my head when times are rough; I will always be there.
“Never take a person’s dignity: it is worth everything to them, and nothing to you.” ~Frank Barron
Helping Others “I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa It is my mission to help others who are less fortunate. I have been blessed in my life and feel as though I have the tools to help others and give back to the community. As a student, I will fulfill this mission by volunteering wherever and whenever possible. This includes community service such as the soup kitchen and Habitat for Humanity. After I graduate, I will devote my career to an organization that gives back in some way. For example, I am very interested in the company Make A Wish Foundation. The corporation gives terminally ill children a chance to make one last wish. The team combined with their efforts turns children’s wishes into reality; a dream come true. I would be honored to work for such a company. I will use my knowledge and college education to help those who are going through a difficult time. I will not allow myself to be selfish and egotistical; there are too many people in need of help. I will not turn my back on those who are suffering. Some people may be at fault for their difficult circumstances, but I will always be one that others can count on. It is my mission to make a difference in people’s lives. Sometimes, all that is needed is a helping hand. I will devote the majority of my time and efforts to give back to society. If I do not lend out a hand to those in a heartrending situation, then I will not live a successful or fulfilling life. “Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid.” ~Albert Schweitzer Our society, in general, has turned into a group of selfish people. Many are taught that in order to be successful, then it is important to look out for number one. It has become acceptable to lie and cheat to climb the economic ladder. This in turn creates the mindset that status is everything; you are worthy according to the car you dive and the house you own. Somewhere in between, people forget what is really important. I vow to never fall into this mindset. I will never judge myself based on the materials I own, rather the actions and personal accomplishments I make. It would be nearly impossible to genuinely help people in need in an egotistical state of mind. “To do more for the world than the world does for you- that is success.” ~Henry Ford
I will strive to be a selfless human being; it is my mission.
Broaden my Horizons “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” ~Marcel Roust I believe the most valuable education is obtained when traveling. I am not talking about resorts and tourist attractions, but I am referring to authentic traveling; immersing one into diverse cultures. It is vital to understand the world and make an effort to appreciate cultures across the globe. It is not about leisure, but about learning. Traveling has kept my core centered and my mind leveled. I will never be boastful or arrogant, for I know that there is a world greater than my successes. There are people with different languages, skin colors, and lifestyles; yet, everyone has something great to offer. Traveling has given me the ability to see past myself and gain a greater respect for people in general. My mission is to travel throughout my life to break down the walls of ignorance. I strongly believe that the power of respect and acceptance is one step closer to a synchronized world. I will apply my education to advocate the vitality of traveling to others. I will elucidate how imperative it is to experience life outside of the United States in hopes that my mission will spread. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” ~Maya Angelou
Traveling has not only provided me the understanding to appreciate diverse cultures, but has also bestowed a better understanding of myself. I feel as though I have a greater sense of myself and what I am passionate about. I am extremely open-minded and willing to learn about others creating an immense admiration for different cultures. I will continue to travel to places such as Africa and Asia to build on my knowledge. “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~Miriam Beard
Stoic “You have power over your mind- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~Marcus Aurelius My personal mission is to live as a stoic person. The philosophy of stoicism is so powerful and prevailing. Ever since I have been introduced to this way of life, I have started to regain my power and realize my strength. My mind controls ever emotion I confront. When faced with a situation, I will always be proactive, not reactive. I will take a step back restraining my emotions, and take control of my thoughts, thus acting in a responsible way. I will resolve emotions of grief and sadness and realize what I am not in control of. The unnecessary emotions toward occurrences beyond my power will be conquered. I will direct my energy towards events that are within my control. I will be patient when discovering a sense of tranquility and my ability to control my thoughts. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” ~Serenity Prayer