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Rory Freedman Rory Freedman Author. Activist. "Skinny Bitch".

Rory Freedman is a vegan, animal rights activist, Skinny Bitch, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. [www.roryfreedman.com]

Growing up, I thought my mom was incredibly annoying. Every time we went clothes shopping, we had to put all the clothes back on the hangers before returning them to the saleswoman. Whenever we went to the grocery store, we had to take the cart back to the front of the store – we couldn’t just leave it near our car. And if a cashier ever made a mistake in our favor, we had to alert them to the error and give the money or the item back. It drove me crazy as a child and even as a young adult. I would whine, “Why can’t we leave the clothes on the bench?” or “Why can’t we leave the cart here?” or “Why can’t we take the headband – no one will ever know?” Her response was always the same: “Because it’s not right.”

Now, as an adult, I can see that my mother was and is a woman of great integrity. She does the right thing – not because someone is watching or because she’ll get recognition – but because it’s important to her. She understands that what she says and what she does comprises who she is.

Perhaps, in years to come, I will achieve the same level of integrity my mother maintains. And maybe one day it will come to me effortlessly and be part of my nature. In the meantime, I take great pleasure in recognizing all the opportunities that arise in which I can choose integrity. It isn’t like a New Year’s Resolution, or giving up swearing for Lent – it’s something I get to keep coming back to all day, every day.

I marvel at how, way back when, I thought having integrity was exhausting. Now, it’s so apparent that living life with integrity makes everything so simple, yet so profound.

Integrity is the gift that keeps on giving. It has taught me gratitude for the big stuff and for the small stuff, too. It has taught me kindness, compassion, and generosity. It has taught me to be honest and direct with others, but most important, with myself. Trying to live with integrity makes me a better person. It makes me a happier person. And best of all, it makes me want to be of service to others. And I cannot think of anything more meaningful than that.

– Rory Freedman

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