Bet you don't know what it is? I'll give you a hint ~ it's a word I hope my daughter grows up to appreciate.
That was the most researched word of 2005 according to Merriam Webster online.
Here's the definition: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values: incorruptibility.
It's an important word, don't you think? Especially in today's world. I only hope my daughter grows up to be a great example of that word. That she always stands up for herself and her beliefs. That she has the confidence and the self-esteem to persevere. That she has the courage to speak out and not be bullied. That she is never made to feel ashamed or embarrassed because of her emotions.
I didn't have much integrity growing up. I never believed in myself the way I should have. I never appreciated my good qualities. I never stood up for myself. I was a doormat. My friends, my boyfriends, my family ~ I never wanted to disappoint them. I did what I was told and never asked questions.
It's an important word for every little girl. I am terrified of what the world is going to be like when my daughter becomes a teenager. Having strong morals, a sense of pride, knowing the difference between right and wrong ~ those are the things that are going to keep her safe. Well, along with an overprotective father!
It's a scary world out there. So, what do you say? How about we make a promise to our daughters. Let's teach them about pride, confidence, self-respect and ... integrity!!