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Inspirational Quotes

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”

Henry Ward Beecher
clergyman, social reformer
compassion

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”

Friedrich Nietzsche
scholar, writer, philosopher
gratitude

“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”

Albert Schweitzer
Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
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Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ”

Jean-Baptiste Massieu
Teacher, School founder
gratitude

“Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.”

Joseph Wood Krutch
writer, naturalist
gratitude

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”

John Milton
poet
foresight

“Money matters, but less than we think and not in the way we think. Family is important. So are friends. Envy is toxic. So is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude.”

Eric Weiner
author, national public radio correspondent
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“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
pastor, theologian, German Resistance fighter in World War II
gratitude

“I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.”

Rita Mae Brown
writer
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Gratitude is happiness double by wonder.”

G. K. Chesterton
writer, poet, essayist, novelist
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“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ”

E.P. Powell
American author and journalist
gratitude

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

G. K. Chesterton
writer, poet, essayist, novelist
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“Stop thinking gratitude as a by product of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view.”

Bryan Robles
youth minister
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Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”

Jacques Maritain
philosopher
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“An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”

Carl Gustav Jung
founder of analytical psychology
teaching by example

“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.”

Buddha
gratitude

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”

Johannes A. Gaertner
art history professor, theologian, poet
gratitude

“Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.”

G.B. [Gladys Bertha] Stern
novelist, critic
gratitude

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”

Aesop
fabulist
gratitude

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MOTIVATION

When 45-year-old Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he chose to focus on living rather than dying. As a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pausch was asked to deliver a “last...

LOVE

Not all humanitarians are well-known. Some are everyday people performing extraordinary acts of love and kindness, like Carol Donald, who served as a foster parent to 100 children with medical needs in Northern...


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GRATITUDE

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Your Hero Stories

Found 51 Hero Stories

LEARNING
THE WOLVES Setting: My son Joel's bedroom. About 9:30 pm on a Wednesday night. I'm there to tuck him in. He's been in bed for at least 15 minutes before I get there. Joel: I can't stop thinking about the wolves. Mom: What wolves? Joel: The wolves in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I keep thinking about them...
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LITERACY
FATE I had problems finding a job after I got let go from a previous job. I was at the end of my rope and then I saw an ad in the newspaper for a caretaker for an assisted living facility that specialized in caring for the Mentally Ill. Fate would have it. I started out working there passing medications and cleaning...
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GENEROSITY
DONATING TO SOMEONE WHO CERTAINLY DESERVES RECOGNITION I had just looked up this website after seeing a billboard of Kermit the frog in my neighborhood. And was very inspired by all the good deeds that go so unnoticed in our society. This incident happened just today. I was in an unfamiliar town this morning for recreational reasons and had stopped at a common gas...
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GRIT
THE POWER OF EMOTIONAL GRIT In the spring of 2016, I had my annual eye exam to get my contact prescription renewed. My eye doctor then recommended that I see a specialist, because I didn’t do as well on one of the tests for a second year in a row. The specialist in turn ran additional tests and took pictures of the backs of my eyes. In...
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STRENGTH
BETH LEONARD My wife Beth has been a real inspiration and soul mate too me as well as a loving and nurturing mother to our 2 young daughters. Unfortunately my career has moved our family throughout the Midwest and with my wife being a successful Real Estate broker she has had to start her career from scratch with every move....
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REACHING OUT
LEARNING TO GIVE In the United States we have many material blessings available to us. However, oftentimes we do not share those blessings with others. While on a trip to Romania I learned a very important law of life: give of yourself and your possessions every chance you have. During July of 1999, I, along with eight others,...
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INSPIRATION
GAIL H In 1948, Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen won the hearts of German children by dropping candy bars tied to handkerchiefs out of his plane. The Russians had blockaded the city of Berlin to prevent the democratic victors of WWII from stopping their advance of communism. Many Americans had a hard time recognizing...
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FORGIVENESS
THE ACT OF FORGIVENESS: LEARNING HOW TO FORGIVE “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” ~ Alexander Pope There is one golden rule of happiness that sounds so simple but is often drowned out in the chaotic noise of our lives “Treat others like you would like to be treated”. We need to cultivate the ability to forgive others as well as ourselves in order to...
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GRATITUDE
BARDI TOTO Bardi Toto is the most amazing giving woman I have ever met. She is a NY Times Best Seller, of a book Titled Thinking Upside Down Living Rightside Up. She founded gratitude lifestyle magazine and is the founder of gratitudeclothing and kidsforgratitude which I hear she is launching this week. She is all about...
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DETERMINATION
HOW ROCK BOTTOM BECAME THE FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING MY CAREER So, here we are at the end of the year. My daughter’s birth month so a time I always get incredibly nostalgic. I’ve read a lot of people’s autobiographies over the year and taken so much inspiration and motivation from them. So, I’ve decided to pluck up the courage and share a little of my own. To remind those...
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GRATITUDE
A LITTLE GRATITUDE GOES A LONG WAY :) I have been seeing these billboards all over town for a couple of years now. I read them daily when I drive to work, the grocery store, or anywhere! Each and every time I read one, I get a smile across my face. As a social worker, I work with teens who often find it difficult to remember to be appreciative of the...
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DETERMINATION
BARDI TOTO DRAKE Bardi Toto is the most amazing giving woman I have ever met. She is a NY Times Best Seller, of a book Titled Thinking Upside Down Living Rightside Up. Her new book is The Power of Asking. Voted #1 Must Read book of 2014. She founded gratitude lifestyle magazine and is the founder of gratitudeclothing and...
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FRIENDSHIP
HANNA HUNTLEY I'd like to tell about my friend Hanna who passed away on Tuesday 31st of October, 2017. I called her HH because I liked to pretend I was a serious writer and would sign all correspondence with her with "TF". But I can hardly talk about serious writers without talking about Hanna. My first proper encounter...
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MOTIVATION
NOTES ON LIFE My name is Rod. I am an engineer/techy geek, by trade/education, which means I am a creative type/problem solver. As with most analytical thinkers, we believe and think all equations and problems have an answer and are solvable. I found out sometimes in life there is just a problem or equation you cannot answer,...
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LOVE
THEY KNOW SOMETHING Charlotte, North Carolina has served as my home and my playground for the past four years. During the work week I passionately assume the role of Miss Boutilier, a 29 year old elementary school teacher who lives and loves to empower and inspire her students. On the weekends, I strap on my stilettos and join my...
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CIVILITY
BREAKFAST PAINS Sometimes the chaos of life causes me to desperately miss my son Landon. I am currently on an eight day straight work schedule. Which in return means I’m going eight days straight with out my child. For those of you who know me or have read my blog, you can imagine that I’m not handling that very well. This is...
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HELPING OTHERS
BARRY F My husband, Barry Fishman, is an extraordinary man who does extraordinary things every day. He is no stranger to tragedy, yet he has incredible strength and courage, and is an inspiration to many, many people. He is honest, sincere, compassionate, generous and thoughtful. He is definitely a hero. I met my...
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
JIM B He was Jim Braga make no mistake about it. He married my sister when I was in sixth grade that was at 39 years ago ! He was a super fantastic person! He would call to Sk my sister out and after speaking to my Dad all nine kids two in wheel chairs and a baby he would load all of us into the station wagon the...
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GENEROSITY
A KIND HEART ON FLIGHT 662 January 12, 2010 My name is Erica F. I am a Flight Attendant for US Airways. This morning on a flight from Charlotte, NC to Phoenix, AZ I witnessed an amazing transformation not only in me but also in many of the passengers on board our flight. I was approached by our First Class flight attendant while I was...
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INSPIRATION
LIFE CHANGING Over the last week, I’ve had a few conversations about life changing events. The funny thing about life changing events is that they are different for every person. Sometimes they are the big WOW moments, maybe just getting out of debt, an epiphany, could be winning the lottery, a death, or just meeting a...
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
FIND YOUR MISSION! Sixteen years ago I set out on a path of writing a life skills book for young people and creating a foundation to donate this book to youth organizations and schools. As a high school basketball coach my “Mission” was to teach and inspire kids around the world to “Achieve Straight A’s in the School of Life!” I...
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COMPASSION
SAY A KIND WORD TO SOMEONE ELSE AT LEAST ONCE A DAY Few kids today are taught the value of empathy. It seems so hard for people to have compassion toward others and to actually understand what they are going through. I was raised in a very loving family. As a child I was taught to put others before myself. We were always told to go out of our way to make...
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APPRECIATION
THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE FORGOTTEN My name is Michael M. I'm 43 years old and was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2008; which was caused by exposure to toxic water while serving in the Marines at Camp Lejeune NC. Since '08 my family and I have had so much advice, assistance, support and total compassion from a group that calls themselves...
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COMMITMENT
SIMPLE ACTS OF GRATITUDE This summer I directed my first theatre production. When I started, I had no idea how much time and energy such a task would require. My entire July month was filled with late-night sewing, constant rehearsals, and the utter stress and worry of our progress. I felt tired and overworked. The weekend before...
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GRATITUDE
BARDI TOTO Bardi Toto is the most caring woman on and off the internet, full of gratitude. I had to say something after I saw her other hero story. Yes she is a best selling author, known world wide for branding and social media. She is the only person online who gives out their phone number and answers. She cares about her...
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ENCOURAGEMENT
PAM B For the past 17 years, over 700 Junior High students have been loved, had their eyes opened, had their self esteem magnified, made friends and were set on a path of confidence through Pam's efforts. She conceived of, organized and launched a program she calls "Sunrise" in the community where she teaches....
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CARING
MY STRANGE LOVE STORY... DO WE NEED WORDS TO EXPRESS OUR LOVE? My strange Love Story:Do we need words to express our love? I m a simple and caring girl and a darling to my parents. Nobody believed that I will go against my parents to marry my longtime friend for religious differences: people wonder with our relationship as we are not similar in anything: I love to laugh...
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CHARACTER
HARRY O My dad has always been a character. It took me a long time to realize the debt of gratitude I owe him for teaching me what character is. My grandmother used to joke that he was the only German kid in a predominantly Polish neighborhood that would bring the black kid home to play. He recently told me stories of...
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CHARACTER
EDWARD H My grandfather is a "foundation Hero" in my life and my family’s lives. He told me many, many truths and two of these I will share with you. He said, "The most valuable gift anyone can give you is an introduction to a truly good person." He said, "The most valuable material thing you will ever own is your...
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COURTESY
A RAINY DAY Let me tell one real story that happened a year ago . **I was driving in heavy rain ,it was so heavy that I got totally blind like ,so I stopped at a gas station . From parking lot to office of that station I walked on foot as rain and thunder scared me not to stay in the car .** when rain did not stop for two...
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OPTIMISM
PAYING IT FORWARD One summer I was really having a tough time. My husband had left me, I was broke, and diagnosed with a serious medical condition. While I had a job, I was barely making ends meet and I didn't have enough to get the prescription I needed filled. I decided to attend a women's meeting and when we broke into small...
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
MICHAEL A Very shortly after meeting Michael, I realized he wasn't just another soul inhabiting this earth.   Not just another guy.    While most of us go about our daily lives having little if any affect on others, I came to realize that this Hero had been affecting others lives for years.    Because of a personal...
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GRATITUDE
A GIFT Although I picked gratitude thm re are at least 6 other principals that would apply. I was given a beautiful gift from my stepson at his wedding in the form of a letter. He expressed his gratitude to me for being a loving wife to his father. There were some very personal reasons that he expressed in the letter...
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DEVOTION
BELIEVE IN ME I would like to begin by saying that my life began in a very normal fashion. I grew up with two good parents and a very stable household. Unfortunately, my thirst for adventure and mischief was beginning to lead me down some dark corridors. As a freshman in high school, I was a very edgy, popular kid who had...
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GRATITUDE
THE SMALL MOMENTS THAT CAN LIGHT UP A DAY I have a Rewards Card for Showcase Cinema that allows me to earn rewards points with each purchase that I make at the theatre and periodically provides me with a free popcorn, soda or movie ticket coupon. I had recently accumulated enough rewards points to obtain a coupon for a free popcorn. Standing in the...
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COURAGE
RAMON R Hidden Heroes My friend Ramon R. never refers to himself as a hero. After working closely with this Vietnam-era combat veteran for years, I have come to realize how under-appreciated such people are. As we go about our daily lives, agonizing over being late to work or paying taxes to Uncle Sam every April,...
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FRIENDSHIP
WHAT Snowflakes, chills, blustery winds, snow melts, water puddles, and muddy snow shoes, these are the sights that welcomed me back in Orland Park. I just came back from a flight from a tropical island in Asia. I try to paint a smile on my cold, blushing cheeks. Winters are not my cup of tea—I dislike them down to...
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APPRECIATION
SHARONE O Her name is Sharone and she is my mother. She is my hero. She became my hero gradually during my lifetime. As I grew and matured I was able to recognize all that she has done for me, sacrificed for me, and taught me. I have a great deal of gratitude for who I am because of what I learned from my mother. When I...
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COMMITMENT
MY "BOSTON" C My husband, whom I call “Boston” after the city he grew up in, is my hero. We’ve been married for four years but we’ve been only been together about one and a half of those years. We are a military family. Over the course of our short marriage we’ve had one child, purchased cars, a house, and moved across the...
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APPRECIATION
THANK YOU TEAM HOYT Dear Team Hoyt'You are my heroes and inspiration. I first read about you both in Runner's World and was very touched. I will never forget your extraordinary story. I have a picture of you both running and Rick raising his arm and below the picture I wrote "qualify for Boston in Philadelphia!" Well, I did not...
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LOVE
JEREMY & MERCEDES R My son and daughter have had to endure the pain of emotional abuse and divorce yet they maintain a soft nature and loving attitude. No child should have to suffer at the hands of a loved one and yet, the love coming out of these people indicates that they have chosen not to take the bite out of a bitter apple but...
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KINDNESS
A SIMPLE WISH From a young age, my parents have taught me the importance of giving generously to the less fortunate. Out of habit, whenever there is something I can spare, I give it to someone on the streets. Last week, as I left the house to run a few errands, I carried with me some old clothes, a handbag and some food to...
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FORESIGHT
LIFE LESSON LEARNED AT THE MOVIE Kim and I decided to go to an early show to see a new movie, thinking the crowds wouldn’t be as bad. We arrived a little early and were talking during the credits about our day. In came a young girl, followed by a man whom we thought was her father. They sat one row ahead and about two seats to the right. As they...
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TRUE BEAUTY
JESÚS P My dad is the best person I have ever met. Nothing I have ever seen or heard from others will ever convince me otherwise. A little less than two years ago, when I was 24 years old, I was living away from home for college and was involved in what could have been potentially serious legal trouble. My dad flew 2,500...
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REACHING OUT
SGT. JUAN A "The Write Stuff" my middle school group of Random Acts of Kindness Kids sent over 500 homemade letters and gifts to wounded American troops this year. One soldier was so touched, he traveled by bus from Walter Reed Medical Center with a 3 inch bullet in his leg to meet the kids and tell them they made a...
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COURAGE
KIM M My hero is amazing to me. He has helped me through so much that I have gone through in the past 2 years. He has been there for me, when I least expect it, and even when I ask for it. He gives me advice when I ask for it, and believe it or not, it makes a lot of sense. Without dispelling too much, his care and...
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GIVING BACK
METRO PULSE “PAY IT FORWARD" KNOXVILLE-STYLE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2010 “Pay it forward” does not mean that the people who owe you will ever pay you back. It means when the tables turn in your life, your pay back may come from all sorts of different places, people, and circumstances you least expect. Furthermore, we cannot selflessly give while expecting something in return. Having...
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GRATITUDE
GRATITUDE I am grateful that people seem to be turning towards concepts like this - a public request for values - in a world that also seems full of hatred & irresponsible greed. I am grateful for people, hopefully in greatly increasing numbers, who stand up & say "No More!" to vitriol & incendiary hate speech & the powers...
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INSPIRATION
RUN JONATHAN, RUN!! RUN JONATHAN, RUN! My name is Verlaine Brunot and I would like to share with you all a story about the power of perseverance, dedication and willpower. This is a story about my youngest brother Jonathan. Jonathan is a handsome, charming and energetic twenty five year old who has severe autism. Jonathan...
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RISING ABOVE
MARC L My very good hearted and extremely intelligent husband, Marc, is deaf. He was born hearing but gradually 'lost his ears' and by the time he was fifteen years old, the world was all but silent for him. At a time he should have been enjoying friendships and dating, he was ignored, shunned or bullied by most people...
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BEING THERE
APRIL C. My mom is the greatest influence in my life. She is always there for me and I can always count on her. She works everyday so I can have a good life. She pushes me to be the best I can be and expects nothing less. Whenever I wonder off the path she picks me up and straightens me out. She is not only a mother but a...
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Newspaper Articles

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GRATITUDE
OUR LOCAL HEROES IN SCRUBS. How health care workers saved the day.
Before the pandemic, most of us took nurses for granted. After all, we only saw them when we were about to experience some kind of pain. They were kind, reassuring, and prepped us for what was about to come. Still, many of us were too self-focused to appreciate them fully.
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RESPECT
A CUSTOM OF RESPECT. How the Japanese soccer team brings sportsmanship to the game.
Soccer is a passionate game. It’s one of the few sports where players are free to follow the flow as they play, being less constrained by a game plan and more dependent on their ability to communicate and create opportunities.
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DON'T DRIVE DISTRACTED
THE CURSE OF TEXTING AND DRIVING. How one father turned personal tragedy into triumph for thousands of teenagers by creating the Honor Connor Scholarship Fund.
Coming of age is that time in each of our lives when we begin to see the possibilities. The world opens up in ways that matures our vision, gives us a sense of responsibility and gratitude.
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LET GRATITUDE MOVE YOU TO ACTION
Our modern culture tends to focus on past regrets and future uncertainty. It is the present where we need to focus, on who we are and what we can be. Something we could learn from the Ojibwe tribe in the mid-Northern states and Ontario, Canada.
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MENTORING
CROSS SAFELY. How one man made sure his retirement years were spent helping kids move safely through life.
Ron had a good life as a sales rep and as a father. When retirement came around and the kids were grown, Ron looked around his community and saw a lot of aimless young boys just wandering the streets after school.
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BE PRESENT
GOING DEEP TO DELIVER KINDNESS. Free-dive record holder Enzo Maiorca rescues a trapped dolphin, then watches as it gives birth.
For most of us, opportunities are just around the corner — perhaps the chance to help a neighbor. For Enzo Maiorca, his neighborhood is the sea, and the community he cares about inhabits the vastness below the surface.
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LEAD
GOING THE DISTANCE. Why top collegiate and professional athlete Dillon Shije will never stop running for his people.
Dillon Shije is soft-spoken and respectful in his conversations. He brushes off compliments on his college success with shy gratitude and moves deftly to give credit to tribal elders.
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