Integrity is a very important virtue in my life.  The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary explains that to have integrity is to have a “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values.”  The Dedicant Manual describes a person with integrity as having honor, trustworthiness, honesty, fairness, respect, and self-confidence (15).  These definitions are helpful in understanding theContinue reading “Integrity”


I believe vision is an important attribute.  It moves people to make significant changes in the world and inspires people to create.  ADF defines vision as “the ability to broaden one’s perspective to have a greater understanding of our place/role in the cosmos, relating to the past, present, and future.”  It is a good definition.  Meanwhile, The American Heritage DictionaryContinue reading “Vision”


Piety is almost a foreign word these days.  Most people I know do not consider themselves pious to anything or anyone.  According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, piety is “Religious devotion and reverence to God.”  In other words, piety is to maintain a relationship with deity.  The definition implies that one also believes in the deity.  IContinue reading “Piety”


Researching the definition of the word “wisdom” in a dictionary can prove to be tricky.  It is a complex word, described by many synonyms and related adjectives.  According to, to be wise is to have knowledge as well as the intelligence to aptly apply this knowledge.  When I think of wisdom, I automatically compare it to intelligence.  WisdomContinue reading “Wisdom”