VALUE STORIES
What value defines you?

We all try to live by many different values, but usually one of them stands out a little more than the others... Is your value love? grit? giving back? What value defines you?

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COMPASSION
LITTLE THINGS MEAN SO MUCH..... Being a mom, disabled the past 22 plus years, with kids who are now adults and on their own I've learned little things mean so much. I'm disabled by severe chronic back and nerve pain. It's invisible to most people which is a blessing and a curse. Eight back surgeries, countless procedures, medications too...
SUBMITTED BY ANN OLIVERI
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DETERMINATION
FIGHTING SPIRIT! I had just a very wonderful day but, all my days are always wonderful to me! But today was completely different, today there was a bulletin board saying that they'll need to find Volleyball players for the girls and I was so happy! I love playing volleyball when my mother taught me how to play. I was so excited...
SUBMITTED BY NATALIE HEART C. TOLENTINO
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OVERCOMING
KNOW YOUR WORTH I was 17 when I met a guy, I thought he was the best thing that ever happen to me, we dated for 3 years and I became pregnant with a beautiful baby girl, the guy and I was on and off he then started to change he cheated on me while I was pregnant stressing me out hurting me emotionally and physically, he started...
SUBMITTED BY D.
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HOPE
AFTER DEATH, LIFE. On Christmas day of 2012, my partner of 16 years very suddenly passed away as we were getting ready to Skype with our families for the holiday. He took his last breath in my arms. My life was ripped apart. I have periods of time I do not remember. I now know, a broken heart is a very real thing. I stumbled...
SUBMITTED BY STEVE
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
UNDYING HOPE I thought I had hit a dead end. I dropped out of college and did odd jobs to make ends meet. People ridiculed me., but I trudged on. Friends thought I was getting crazy. I did not care about the title of my job. All I cared for was that I managed to make money, enough to take care of my family and pay the bills....
SUBMITTED BY CHRISTOPHER OKINYO
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AMBITION
IRISH COUNTRY BOY BORN IN IRELAND BECAME SECURITY FOR THE PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES "A family friend told me at the age of 19 years old in Ireland, I could be anything I wanted to be in America" ... "So I did" .. At the age of 20 years old I left Ireland with a "Green Card" Visa to America with no job in place. A month later after my arrival I joined the US Army and Graduated from Aviation...
SUBMITTED BY BARTON B MAC LEOD
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CARING
A WONDERFUL ELDERLY DAD I am 51 year old man who is dealing with an sick and elderly father, 88 years old. Throughout my life, although I loved my father and I know he loved me, we never really got along, never saw eye to eye on anything. Over the past 1-2 years, as his health started to fail, I have come to realize how very much I...
SUBMITTED BY ROY
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CHARACTER
LIFE AND HOW IT LEADS YOU TO A PATH YOU WOULD NEVER EXPECT I was quite a late starter in life. I never dated till I was around 18 and I dropped out of college after getting a good opportunity at higher education. Nevertheless, I found myself unemployed at 20 with a girlfriend who had just managed to hold onto her place in further education and we were living off a £5000...
SUBMITTED BY ALLAN
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COMPASSION
HUMAN KINDNESS One day many years ago shortly after my husband passed away I sat on a bench near his grave in solitude and was remembering the wonderful life we had. Tears were in my eyes and on my face. A young woman came near to visit the grave of a friend of hers and saw me. When she turned to leave she asked me if I was...
SUBMITTED BY BOBBI
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
CONNECTED TO THE VINE I as raised by devoted Catholics and old school ways. My dad was a man of integrity and always preaching to myself and my four brothers about earning a honest living. He would say " I do not care if you do not go to college as long as you are making a honest living digging ditches or laboring , you will never...
SUBMITTED BY PATRICIA RODRIGUEZ
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REACHING OUT
SPEAK UP I was a lonely 14 year old girl,I was pushed around in school & went home to a family of 8 that I thought barely noticed I existed. I was constantly suspended in school & always getting bullied. By the time I was 15 I attempted suicide twice, all because I thought the world didn't love me, I thought I was all...
SUBMITTED BY RICCI
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HOPE
NEVER LOSE HOPE IN LIFE! I've been in a deep depression for two years now. I've lost everything: my pets, my self esteem, and especially my brother. Life was absolute torture for me. I was constantly bullied in school, I was punched in the face, and I was exploited to the highest content. I couldn't take it anymore. I decided to...
SUBMITTED BY ~PJ~
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
BELEIVE IN YOURSELF—NO MATTER WHAT!! When I was 11 I thought nobody loved me or cared for me, so I tried to kill myself. I tried to overdose on medication. Thank god for my mom. She walked in I was on my bed and I told her that I took antibiotics. She rushed me to the hospital and I stayed there over night. Now I think back like, life is so good and...
SUBMITTED BY LINA G.
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COMPASSION
THE FABULOUS SMILE On World Humanitarian Day ( 19th ) August, I wanted to write about an incident that happened yesterday. Last evening, I had gone shopping with my daughter. We stopped at a chemist's store to get some medicines. Next to us, stood an old man with a walking stick. He gave a list to the shop keeper. As he...
SUBMITTED BY ANONYMOUS
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
THE LIFE OF AN ARITST At the age of six I fell in love with art, in grade school art on Fridays was what I looked forward to each week. I remember making Christmas ornaments out of card board toilet paper rolls for the Christmas tree. All through school art was my main interest because there were no mistakes to be made, Art provided...
SUBMITTED BY ANONYMOUS
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