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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CONFIDENCE
FROM STRESS TO STRENGTH Being jobless for the last three months I am depressed now a days. My son has lost his admission from a good school and he might have to go to a less qualitative school. I have moved from a spacious apartment to a lesser apartment in order to reduce my living expenses. My wife has built extra stress. On top of...
SUBMITTED BY JUNAID TAHIR
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CLASS AND GRACE
GRANDMOTHER'S NOSE I remember 20 family members sharing a room...which at night was the bedroom; and at different times during the day - dressing room, breakfast table(s), lunch room, snack table(s), home work center, prayer room. Also, a home that warmly welcomed and accommodated visitors! The central theme..."every place a thing...
SUBMITTED BY DEANNE
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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...
SUBMITTED BY SHARON BALLARD
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
CRAB CLAW In the summer of 2017 I had a firework go off in my right hand and ended up loosing my index finger, middle finger, end of my ring finger and the end off my thumb. All in all it was still a good day because I was still Alive and knowing it could have been a lot worse. When I got to the hospital my parents...
SUBMITTED BY WESLEY WILLIAMS
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE 2017 was an excellent year to hike the Appalachian Trail. With so many people breaking records, challenging their physical limits and embarking on the journey of a lifetime, an influx of amazing people walked along this Trail, inspiring everyone they met. It almost seemed like a divine, cosmic event, that such...
SUBMITTED BY SANDRA "SHEHULK" SACHS
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HOPE
HOPE IS AN ATTITUDE It is widely accepted that Hope is the one thing that makes people succeed in whatever they set out to achieve. When the chips are down and when one is feeling defeated, Hope is supposed to keep you going, Hope is what turns the tide. So, what is Hope? How would one describe Hope? Is it a feeling, is it an...
SUBMITTED BY DEEPAK MALHOTRA
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PERSEVERANCE
LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS I don’t know that this essay fits the bill as it’s very dark at times, but that’s a big part of mental illness. I remember my first reaction to any diagnosis was relief, ah hah I knew I wasn’t right. Now let’s get me some pills and some therapy and knock this thing out! Well I rather quickly discovered for...
SUBMITTED BY CRAIG SCHERMAN
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ACHIEVEMENT
STORY OF MOTIVATION AND PERSEVERANCE My Story: I had a stroke at birth, and doctors to this day still don’t know why I had the stroke. I was in hospital for a month, I stopped breathing several times, which at one point I nearly died. When I was discharged from hospital, I was a year behind my milestones. As the the years went on I...
SUBMITTED BY TANIELLE
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EDUCATION
I GAVE MY CHILDREN WHAT MY PARENTS COULD NOT I was born in a poor family, 8 siblings, and life was "hand-to-mouth". If I recall my family experience, I would say each day was a challenge to keep our stomachs filled. At 18, I gave up a chance to study at a local university. I started working as a salesman because I knew it paid high returns for if I could...
SUBMITTED BY HY T.
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GOOD MANNERS
GOOD CHARACTER Day in day out, I try as much as possible to exhibit a good behaviour. I always copy positive attitude from people I meet and good manners is one of them. Maturity defines itself in you when you exhibit good behaviors and behave in a civilized manner in society. There is a say that goes "if you think safety is...
SUBMITTED BY ABDULAI MUTAWAKILU
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OVERCOMING
BEYOND ABILITY At the age of seven my family and I were involved in a serious car accident during which my left hand was nearly amputated. Ever since the accident, I've often wondered "why me?" I've wondered why it was me in the very back seat of my family’s SUV, the SUV that flipped on its side and allowed my hand to seemingly...
SUBMITTED BY MOLLY JOYCE
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COMPASSION
A TEST OF VALUES LEARNED My girlfriend and I were at the grocery store recently, and her wallet was stolen from our cart. Of course, we were both very upset at the time, for she works in a pizza shop and I had dropped most of my savings into buying our very own house. A few hours after we got back home, the grocery store manager called...
SUBMITTED BY RYNE
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COURAGE
BE COURAGEOUS WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU BACK Age 32,loving husband,blessed with a son, earing was like butter on bread, what else a layman wants from its life. Life seems completely settled and I forgot that life is not a bed of roses. One terrified day my life was shattered into pieces. When my husband got paralysis and brain stroke and I lost my job also....
SUBMITTED BY ASTHA
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DO YOUR PART
JUST DO YOUR PART So many times we will see an issue on the news or hear a story about a problem but we’ll just shrug it off. In my life I’ve always been a person that kind of stayed in my own lane. If asked for help, I will be 100% ready. But if not I strived everyday to be the best person I could be. Until one day, my life...
SUBMITTED BY ASHLEY L EUBANKS
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PERSEVERANCE
ONE WAY I LEARNED THE VALUE OF PERSEVERANCE When my dad was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkins lymphoma, he was sent for chemotherapy to a hospital downtown. He drove himself to the hospital for every treatment, then drove himself from the hospital back... ...to WORK, and finished the business day at the office. The determination and courage it took to...
SUBMITTED BY EUGENE KACHMARSKY
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