Integrity (to be truthful) isn’t what causes me to whip out my credit card.
No, it’s usually a vision of a new, improved me. Insert the word “serum” and I’m a goner. Show me that Lori Greiner from Shark Tank gave it a thumbs up, and I say sign me up. Before and after photos? They’re eye candy to me and I look for the PayPal prompt.
I love buying hope.
Who knew my love of seductive advertising would collide with our Word of the Week (WOW), integrity, this past week?
It’s usually easy-peasy to find some inspirational quotes that resonate with our WOW. But integrity?
Look, I’ve got a glaring half-inch of gray hair at my temples. My toenails are an unkempt, chipped, sick blue color. You can now pinch way more than an inch (if you dare try) and my fingernail-less hands now fly unhindered over my keyboard.
The truth? I’m thinking about my next meal or series to binge-watch.
Even though it being the word of the week nudged at me. I should get some inspiration on this, right?
Then my sister called.
Shirlee is the perfect example of integrity and I’ll give you two of boatloads of examples I could share. These are just from THIS week.
I belong to Backstage, an online portal for voiceover artists, actors, and all types of performers. We see gigs that appeal to us and submit auditions. It’s fun! And voiceover work always provided shoe money for me since my early twenties.
Now that my sister is building quite a reputation as a gifted actress, I sometimes see ads for jobs she’d be perfect for. And I sent her one, this week:
WOMAN WHO IS SIXTY; MUST LOOK FORTY.
Well of course, that’s Shirlee!
I read further. The commercial promoted a skin cream. And it was a paying gig, non-union. Perfect!
So I sent it to her, already planning how we’d record her audition and spend the booty.
Not so fast, Brenda.
We’re heading into a showdown with INTEGRITY.
She graciously thanked me, then sweetly said, “But wouldn’t that be lying? I mean, I’ve never used the cream…”
“It’s a paying gig! Who cares!”
Had any of the thousands of models hawking serum possessed an OUNCE of integrity, I may have saved THOUSANDS of hard-earned dollars.
She’s one in a million.
Example number two: While coexisting on lockdown at home, she and Tony have made fabulous meals, watched wonderful movies, created art with pasta…
…and she also taught Tony – for the first time in his life – to play Solitaire.
As she completed the deck, which resulted in a “no win” Tony said, “So now what?”
“What do you mean, ‘what’?”
“I mean, that’s IT?”
“Yes. When the deck is done, you either win or lose.”
“No! Don’t you shuffle what’s left and try to win?”
Shirlee had never cheated at Solitaire.
Perhaps the memories of Mom-Mom’s favorite admonition: “Thou God See-est Me” ingrained on her heart from youth kept Shirlee’s sinful nature at bay.
Or maybe she simply doesn’t HAVE one.
Who knows? I say thank you, Shirlee. You gave me something to write about during a week when all I wanted to do was eat cheesecake.
And for all my life, you’ve been the female Jesus and a beacon of all that is good and right with the world.
Parting thoughts on INTEGRITY, and a comforting new Word of the Week:
Which means we can return to our recliners and eat cheesecake in peace.