A memorable and popular quote from the movie Forrest Gump is the phrase, A Promise is a Promise. Although many may not recall the details of the scene, most remember and repeat the words. It’s New Year’s Eve and Forrest is in New York City with Lt. Dan. When Forrest explains that he’s going to move to Bayou La Batre and buy a shrimp boat Lt. Dan scoffs at the idea. He finds it unfathomable that a man would honor an intent even after the death of his best friend. In answer to this incredulity, Forrest simply deadpans, “A promise is a promise, Lt. Dan”. Forrest’s basic principles dictated that he had to fulfill the promise he made to Bubba, despite the man’s demise. Now that is integrity!
Lt. Dan laughed at Forrest’s reply and then made a bold statement that seemed to be in jest. Lt. Dan laughingly announced that if Forrest were ever a shrimp boat captain, then he would be Forrest’s first mate, mockingly calling him Gilligan. Later in the movie, Lt. Dan demonstrates his own surprising sense of honor and ability to keep a promise. We see him waiting at the dock as an exuberant Captain Forrest jumps off his shrimp boat and swims to greet Lt. Dan, who humbly states, ‘Well, here I am. I’m a man of my word.’ Both Lt. Dan and Forrest had integrity. Is your word something that other people value and respect? Do you honor your own word?