• Woody

Day 26

Updated: Jun 14, 2019


In the morning. I get to go to the dentist to finally get my root canals crowned. I've had one of my temporary fillings in for 2 1/2 years. I finally have dental insurance to make the crowns affordable, and I am excited that exponentially less food will be getting stuck in my teeth after every meal (it's remarkable the stuff I floss out of those things).

This whole ordeal brings to mind the concept of consistency. Being consistent is important. Consistent brushing and flossing habits when I was younger likely could have alleviated many of the dental problems I have suffered as an adult. But this is not a dental lecture. I'm sure you get plenty of those from your dentist.

Another word that comes to mind when I think about consistency is integrity. You can be consistent without being integrous, but the antithesis is not true. Google dictionary defines integrity as "the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles."

Honesty can be a singular act, performed by a dishonest person, just as an immoral person is capable of performing moral acts from time to time. Integrity is the performance of these actions on a consistent basis. Consistency is valuable in many ways and detrimental if you are consistent in the wrong ways.

This didn't exactly go in the direction I intended, but I like where it ended up.

I hope that when I am gone, it will be said of me that I was a man of integrity. And integrity requires a tremendous amount of consistency.

Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to go brush my teeth.



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