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REAL INTEGRITY: The Glen James Story!

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Often times I see business’s and people proclaim and advertise to the world about how much integrity they have. I often wonder if most of these people have ever really had their integrity tested? People often ask me about other people’s integrity, and most of the reader’s here would be surprised at who I will say has integrity and who I say does not.

To me, integrity is not about being honest, honorable, ethical, and moral when it is easy to adhere to these standards and one has nothing to lose by adhering to such standards, and especially so when one has something to gain by adhering to these standards;  but instead integrity is all about adhering to high standards of honesty. honor, ethics, and morality when one has something to lose. The true test of one’s integrity is not won or lost when it is easy to have integrity, but instead when it is difficult to maintain integrity.  Of course we can all say we have integrity when we stand to gain fame and fortune by doing the right thing, that is easy. But if you really want to see who has integrity, see who does the right thing when it is difficult to do, and there is nothing to gain and something to lose by doing it.

Glen James, a humble, homeless man can teach us all something about integrity. Glen James is a true example of what integrity is. The Boston Police Department got it right for honoring a man with such true integrity in a time where integrity is little more than a buzz word to get the consumer’s attention.

THE GLEN JAMES STORY

Glen James, Humble Homeless Man Who Returned Bag Of Cash Is Honored By Boston Police

A humble homeless man who returned a backpack full of cash and traveler’s checks to police said he felt “very, very good” to do it and used a ceremony honoring him at police headquarters to thank all the people who have ever given him money on the street.

Glen James

Glen James said, “I don’t talk too much because I stutter.” But he handed out a handwritten statement in which he said, “Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a … penny of the money I found. I am extremely religious — God has always very well looked after me.”

The statement also said, “I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone — every pedestrian stranger — who has given me spare change. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said that James’s actions were “really a remarkable tribute to him and his honesty.”

“He’s an honest guy and realized the property belonged to someone else,” Davis said.

The middle-aged man, balding, bespectacled, and thin, appeared friendly but shy and slightly overwhelmed by the attention from the media drawn to a feel-good story.

On his way out of the building after the news conference, the police department clerks gave him an ovation.

James said he had been homeless for several years. He chuckled as he said it felt good to return the money.

James’s statement also gave mayoral candidate Charles Yancey an endorsement, saying Yancey had put “a total of seven dollars into my panhandling cup. I fully endorse Charles YANCEY for Mayor of Boston. He cares!!!” the statement said.

James found the backpack Saturday at the South Bay Center in Dorchester, a sprawling suburban-style shopping complex in Boston visible from the Southeast Expressway.

After making his discovery, James flagged down a passing Boston police officer and handed over the backpack. The backpack contained $2,400 in cash, $39,500 in traveler’s checks, passports, and various personal papers, police said.

Story by Peter Schworm. Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.

ORIGINAL STORY: http://bit.ly/14bHrvM

May we all take from this example, and strive to be more like Glen James….

 

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