Our SHINE event stands for Skills, Hard work, Integrity, Nobility, and Excellence. All the students seemed to understand three of the word, but were a bit stumped when it came to integrity and nobility. How does one grow in these during a Skills Showcase? What do the words even mean?
According to a simplified student dictionary, integrity means:
1 : the condition of being free from damage or defect
2 : total honesty and sincerity
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided
Another aspect that Merriam-Webster highlighted was: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values.
Nobility means the quality or state of being noble <nobility of character>. What does it mean to be noble? The simple definition given in the Merriam-Webster dictionary online is: having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that people admire (such as honesty, generosity, courage, etc.)
Thinking about the event, here are some of my ideas of how to practice integrity and nobility. Whenever there is competition, there is opportunity to grow in and display character. If not everyone in the class is as skilled as you, you can be gracious and not complain. You can always speak well of each person in your class--showing loyalty to them and treating them as you would want to be treated. If you are not yet at the level of others in your class, or you don't win a medal, you can focus on doing your best and on being happy for those who win. Putting your whole heart into everything you do, and being yourself (not pretending or wishing to be anyone else but who God made you to be), are part of living with integrity in your art form and your life. And when you make a mistake or something goes wrong, courageously persevering to the very end and not giving up--this is nobility.
Attitudes are just as important as your skill or level of performance. Perhaps even more so. Nobility and Integrity may be more difficult to assign a grade or a medal to, but developing these qualities will certainly reward you in life. And that's why they're part of SHINE!