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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GIVING BACK
DELIVERING SMILES My name is Destinee. I am 11 years old. I have a friend name Shelby. Shelby and I have set up a small organization with my Mom. It is called Delivering Smiles. Shelby and I do all of the work like collecting stuffed animals, coloring books, small hand held games, etc. After about a month of collecting these...
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PATIENCE
SURGERY When I was about 13 years old I cut my spleen while I was snowboarding with my friends. It was a bad accident'I was just snowboarding the way I usually do but I caught an edge. I was out of school for a month and couldn't do anything for 3 months. I couldn't even get in a car for 2 weeks because it hurt so badly!...
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COURTESY
ANGELS AMONG US In 1992 in Alaska my husband and I struggled to attend school, pay bills, learn to live with limited physical movement, and feed our son. Life was hard. And the winter made life even harder. In the middle of the night, in a small town in Alaska our car's transmission gave out. We had just arrived from...
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OVERCOMING
YES WE CAN I am Amadu Lamrana Bah, from Sierra Leone, and am 20 years old. I suffered a lot during the civil war in my country Sierra Leone. My father was killed and my elder sister was abducted and later died in the hands of the rebels. I was left with my mother and my younger brother who is not attending school because my...
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LISTENING
AS LONG AS MABLE'S ABLE When I was seventeen my grandfather had a stroke. My grandmother stayed by his side at the hospital after his stroke until he passed on. Having seen him in such a difficult condition for the two weeks prior to his death, my grandmother always said that she hoped that she wouldn't die of a stroke. She lived...
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DEVOTION
NOW THAT'S LOVE My grandmother and my grandfather were married for over 50 years. I can only imagine what brought my grandmother, a native Canadian, here to the U.S. in the first place. They didn't have much, and they both had to have jobs. They kept my mother, her sister, and her brother clothed and in private Catholic schools...
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APPRECIATION
MCMASTER I go to Mac High School, and once a year we get snacks when we get off the bus. Usually I think nothing of it and just take a snack and then go on with the rest of my day. But today there were stickers on the bottles which told us to "pay it forward" and there was even a website to visit (which was this one) to...
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FORGIVENESS
FORGIVE AND GROW Forgiving, I feel, is easy. Forgetting the experience that comes prior to the forgiveness, however, always remains with us. Choosing to forgive means choosing to let go of the bad or negative emotions that one experiences so that we can live in peace and harmony. Five years ago I went through a painful...
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DEVOTION
MY PARENTS' LOVE I lived in Dallas, Texas nearly all my life with my mom, dad and older sister. We were raised to respect others, value education, and get all that we could out of life. "You can be anything you want to be," my parents always say. "Work hard and the world is yours," is often quoted in my house. My parents are...
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HELPING OTHERS
GIVE TO OTHERS I worked for a small company about 10 years ago. One holiday season, two of the folks in our company adopted two families in need for the holidays. We all pitched in and made sure they had presents, food and all the trimmings to enjoy the holidays. I felt great that I was able to contribute and help families in...
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
TARA WHEELER-MISS VIRGINA 2008 Miss Virginia 2008, Tara Wheeler, has lived life defining herself and encouraging others to do the same. She has been an ice hockey goalie since the 3rd grade, was the starting goalie for the Penn State Lady Icers and even got to try out for the women's Olympic team. While at Penn State she was also an Air Force...
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PEACE
HOW I FOUND CONTENTMENT I think I've found contentment, and it was actually in the last place I thought to look. There is a story by Paulo Cuehlo about a boy who leaves home seeking adventure. He meets a king who tells him of great wealth. The boy goes seeking it, finds more trouble than treasure and gives up to return home. It turns...
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JUSTICE
LIFE IS OURS TO LIVE FREELY! Death is an inescapable fate. When it's time for us to go the only thing we leave behind is the way in which we chose to lead the days of our existence, recognized in the mind's of those who loved us. The story I'm going to deliver was told to me by the mother of a great friend of mine, named Peter, who passed...
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SOUL
AN EVENTFUL DAY, A BLUR OF MEMORIES Today was my uncle's funeral. It was an odd day of deep sorrow and grief, family time, and nostalgia. I was sitting silently in the chilly chapel and could see the back of my now widowed aunt's head bowed down in sorrow, her shoulders shaking from her quiet sobs. Just beyond her head lay my uncle, now...
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COURTESY
HOLDING DOORS CAN SOMETIMES MEAN MORE THAN YOU THINK I was on my way to morning basketball workouts with a few of my teammates after meeting up earlier to play some 3-on-3. We were cutting it close on time and our coach is very into punctuality'meaning we would be punished severely if we were late. As we rushed to the double doors leading to the University Center,...
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