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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ENCOURAGEMENT
BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE I used to be called WEIRD and all sorts of different names because i wore close that no one else wore. So people used to call me names and i used to ignore it. But one day i decided when they called me WEIRD i took it as a compliment because I thought that being WEIRD was who i was and no one could change who i...
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ENCOURAGEMENT
"DON'T BE AFFECTED" When i was younger i was smaller than all the other people in my class. So a lot of the kids used to make fun of me and bully me. But there was a lot of other small kids at the school who got bullied too. But the next weekend i saw a midget and i went to talk to him and i asked him "did you get bullied when you...
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LEARNING
LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE For many years I was living a life of self will run riot. Until recently my natural instincts drove my unrealistic demands on people place and things of which I really had no control, my expectations had become resentments under construction. Until just recently I've discovered that love tolerance and...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
STOP DOUBTING YOURSELF I have had very low self confidence ever since I was younger because I was always at least slightly bigger than the other girls in my grade and I have never been the smartest kid. It was one of the first days in my new school and I still didn't know anyone. It was math class and we were all going over math...
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INSPIRATION
YES, I BELIEVE IN YOU During my school days, I was one of those shy and distant kids who would just sit in a corner for an entire day. For me, my books were my only world. Even during, breaks, I used to just sit in a corner of the ground and see other play games. It was not like I wasn’t interested in joining others or making new...
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TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
INFLUENCE Do you recall when your parents would tell you to stay away from certain people because they were a bad element, or not to go to certain places in order to avoid potential problems? The places we go, things we do, and the people in our lives influence who we are and what we do. Things happen daily that have...
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OVERCOMING
FIGHTING SCOLIOSIS When I was twelve years old, I discovered I had idiopathic scoliosis. The x-Rays showed that I had an S shaped spine. The largest curve was fifty degrees; the smallest was thirty-five. For two years, I went to a chiropractor near my home town three times a week for two hours each day. Before the two years were...
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FAMILY
UNCLE CEC- WHERE HAVE YOU GONE? My uncle ‘Cec’ was a great inspiration to me. I think of him often and the things he had inspired in me as a child. The last time I saw him was at my brother’s funeral in 2007. He had grown a little feeble and I thought I saw a little glaze in his eyes, very unlike the man I...
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FORGIVENESS
WHY DID YOU TELL? One time I was sitting there sad. Then a girl came up to me and started chatting with me. Then we became friends the next day. I told her all of my secrets. I went to school happy and everyone look at me and laugh. They told me about some of my secrets that I never share with them. Then I thought for a while and...
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ENCOURAGEMENT
TOUGH LOVE 56 years ago when I was 15, I was in a class room goofing around with a bunch of guys. Jim Huxel, the Principal came into the room, grabed me by my ear and took me to his office. He gave me swats with a heavy wooden paddle. I asked him "Why, why me? There were lots of guys goofing around and you only took me....
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INSPIRATION
MY ANSWER IS…. The day when I came back to Vietnam and said that I would run a Volunteer House Project, many reporters contacted and interviewed me. They praised me and wrote nice words about me in various media. However, the questions they asked me in person were: “Are you crazy? Why are you doing this while you really need to...
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FAMILY
MY FATHER'S SAW My Father's Saw It was on the top shelf, hanging from a nail above my workbench—my father’s saw. I brought it home a decade ago, one of a few relics I found in his shed when my sister and I cleaned house shortly after his demise. “My old bucksaw,” he...
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APPRECIATION
APPRECIATING ALL THERE IS... “How dull life would be if we only saw things in black and white. There needs to be shades in between to color this beautiful world.” You could say that I more amused and intrigued by looking at life through colored lenses as opposed to labelling things into black and white categories. I don’t believe that...
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
THE POWER IN GIVING “When you are generous; when you are kind, you’re always making a difference whether you know it or not.” There is an energy that flows from giving wholeheartedly. The giver is always rewarded by the mere...
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LISTENING
HUSBAND VERSION 2015 My wife goes to her mom's place during our kids school vacation. We were having a cordial chat on the evening before their departure. We talked in general about her plans during the vacation. Midway into our conversation I casually asked, "See we will be completing 6 years of our marriage this month. If you have...
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