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VPSA Blog: November 8, 2018

 

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Integrity

November 8, 2018


At Howard University, we strive for excellence in truth and service. Truth is more than the just the absence of lies. I see truth as conducting oneself with integrity, being responsible and reliable for those around you.

Have you ever heard the expression that an empty wagon makes a lot of noise? My grandma used to say that when I was growing up in Savannah, Georgia. As a kid, I didn’t fully understand what she meant until one day when spending our annual two-week visit on my grandparent's farm, I heard this incredible racket, growing steadily louder. It was squeaking wheels, metal and wood, clanging and banging in the most awful, unharmonious way. I ran to the window to see what on earth it might be.

It was my grandfather, coming home from being in the field all day in an empty wagon! I hadn’t heard him when he left that morning because the wagon had been full of the things he used for that day’s work. My eyes widened as I realized that grandma was right—empty wagons do make a lot of noise! Later in life, I understood what she really meant with that phrase: those without substance are often the loudest.

 

Truth is more than the just the absence of lies. Truth is conducting oneself with integrity, being responsible and reliable for those around you.
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When you do your work with integrity, you don’t have to make a spectacle. You don’t have to tell people you’re an honest person if you act with integrity. Your substance speaks for itself.

Continue to conduct yourself with integrity, because who you are and what you stand for is not dependent upon who is in office. Remain vigilant to your right and responsibility to be an informed and honest contributor to the communities of which you belong. Sometimes it may seem like the folks who make the most noise get the prize, but it has been my experience that integrity wins in the end.


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