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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COURAGE
IMPOSSIBLE THINGS During a particularly bad moment I emailed my old high school religion teacher that I was in the middle of a crisis of faith and didn't really know how to carry on. His response was simple but so profound, "to believe in the face of it all - that is faith. Impossible things happen every day." I am a native of...
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HELPING OTHERS
REMOVING SNOW I know it doesn't seem like much, but yesterday my neighbor (who is now on crutches) was trying to clean the snow off his truck with a broom. I went across the street and helped him. He just had a hip replacement, apparently. He was very grateful. His wife, who now has Parkinson's, needed help with her groceries...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
ENCOURAGEMENT AND BELIEVING I just watched Track Coach and it brought back memories of when I was in grade 6. I joined the cross country running club. I hated running but joined because my friends were in the club. I worked hard and no matter how hard I trained, I constantly came in dead last. After yet another meet where I came in last I...
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INSPIRATION
HELPING SOUTH FLORIDA LoveBags Helping South Florida's homeless... one bag at a time. Recently, while sitting at a stoplight with friends in my car, a homeless man staggered toward my window. In a nervous effort I let out a laugh to clear the air in the car. It didn't help. The man was still there, unintentionally taunting us...
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GENEROSITY
GUM Today I was out shopping with my mom at a store. While a lady in front of us in the checkout line, I spied a kid that looked 2 years younger than me. He was trying to get some gum but probably was out of money, because he just stared at the dispenser with sad eyes. When my mom and I were walking out the...
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LEADERSHIP
A DRUM MAJOR OF TRUE INSPIRATION In any group or team, there are always leaders that encourage everyone to keep on persevering during difficult times. In the marching band that I am currently in, we have an assistant drum major named Angela, and she is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. The summer going into my freshman...
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
NEVER LET DREAMS DIE; EXHILARATION FOLLOWS! It was the summer of 1952. I was 10 years old. We moved to a new house, in a new school district. I met a few friends and began to feel quite comfortable in the new neighborhood. Later that summer, just before school was about to start, a friend and I rode our bikes to the schoolyard to get ourselves acquainted...
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HUMILITY
JUST A CHILD TRYING TO PLEASE Sitting at traffic light in a rickshaw, in the polluted air of an Indian city, my eyes fell upon the poor and desolate living on the road side. Inches away from the dirty tires and deafening engines of old motors there were innumerable children scanning the traffic for people who may give charity. A man and...
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COURTESY
UNDERSTANDING I figured I would share a little story with you about something that happened to me when I was the ripe old age of four (yes, four). I remember it so clearly should be indicative of the impact it had on me at that time. Our loving family dog was nearing the end of his life and was in obvious distress. My father,...
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LAUGHTER
BUTTERFLIES AND 'BOSQUITOS' Spending the night with my daughter and her family is always quite an experience. The last time I spent the night in a twin bed in the room with my three year old grandson. Since he had a nap earlier in the day, he wasn't the least bit sleepy when his mom decided that it was bedtime for everyone. He climbed on...
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DETERMINATION
BELIEVE Believe... Believe... Believe. That is the one word that I told myself everyday. If I could do this, lose the weight on my own, it would be the biggest accomplishment of my life. You see, my story is worth reading because I did the impossible... or I thought it was impossible. I was over 130lbs overweight, 45...
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HARD WORK
MY LIFE WAS CHANGED, NOW I HAVE A NEW TRAIL TO BLAZE. It started in 8th grade, I used to be the epitome of what people think of when they imagine the stereotypical teenager- bratty, selfish, 'want want want,' 'me me me,' 'whine whine whine'- that was me. I was concerned for me and me only. I was just weeks away from spring break when my mom signed me up for a trip,...
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CHARACTER
A TEST OF CHARACTER My mother asked that I share this story on this special day. When one thinks defining and proudest moments in the eyes of a parent, big events should automatically come to mind- graduation, engagement, achieving an award, or some form of success- however, to her, one of her proudest moments in her life happened...
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DEVOTION
MY SHELTIE, MY SHELTIE I was about 12 years old in the late seventies and being raised by my hard of hearing grandmother. We lived in a small twelve foot by thirty foot trailer. A few blocks from my home was a small pet store that was owned by an old widowed German woman. She had a very kind heart and loved animals. Most of the...
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COMMON GROUND
A CHEERFUL GIVER My daughter Hanna was born with Down syndrome. Each day I am lucky enough to learn something new about myself and the true meaning of Love. She is in elementary school where she is mainstreamed with resource. She has a lot of friends. We had a fall festival two years ago at our school to raise money for the...
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