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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HOPE
MICHAEL AND ST. THERESA I have been suffering from severe depression for quite a while now, so when my partner suggested we take a day trip to Dublin on the ferry I reluctantly said yes. We arrived in Dublin and while he went to meet a friend I strolled down O'Connell Street just looking at shops and people watching. I wanted to buy...
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APPRECIATION
TWO AMAZING PEOPLE I recently read a wonderful account of an incredible act of kindness. It involved the country singer, Jan Howard, and it occurred back in the early or mid 1950's. You can read about it in her wonderful autobiography, 'Sunshine and Shadow.' She was destitute with three children and at least two of them were...
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COURAGE
A SIMPLE LIFE PROJECT In 9th grade I was assigned a "Life Project." During this project we had to interview a person whom we hoped to be like later in life. Then we had to give an oral presentation to the class about how it went. I wanted to become an entertainment lawyer. Most of the students in my class really did not want to do...
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APPRECIATION
OFFICE ANGELS I had recently started working at my new job in January 2008 when I started getting these terrible headaches almost every day, among other symptoms. I couldn't figure out what was causing them. Then it dawned on me, my dentist had been bugging me to get my wisdom teeth removed for a good 3 years and now they were...
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RISING ABOVE
COURAGE AND ME When I was 17 I had a near fatal accident in my home state, Nigeria. That was the start of 11 long years of struggling with dependency, painful and agonizing surgeries, long hospital stays, inconvenient casts, metal plates and heavy metal rings, heart ache, hurt, anger, and helplessness. I had 4 long surgeries in...
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HELPING OTHERS
OHIO TO SAN FRAN MY SON MET AN ANGEL My son was traveling to San Franciso, CA. He missed his connecting flight in Ohio which was the last flight out. My son called me frustrated, confused and panicked in North Carolina. I asked him what happened and he told me the gate had changed and he ran to the new one. As he got there, he saw the plane taking...
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OVERCOMING
THE POWER OF LOVE Raising my youngest daughter as a single parent, particularly through her teenage years, was the hardest thing I had ever done in my life. She struggles with depression, anger, low self-esteem, resentment, and a general feeling of being unloved. Not denying that there may be other factors involved, I am convinced...
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GIVING BACK
LIFE IS NOT WORTH WASTING I was riding in the middle of a field on my ATV when it flipped over on me leaving me paralyzed from the chest down. I lay out in the field for a really long time before going to the hospital, helpless. In the rehab center I stayed at, I fell in love with people helping me. I saw first hand the difference they...
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LISTENING
A FRIEND TO BE THERE It was a fairly chilly Wednesday night, and for some reason, I had decided to go to Pioneer Girls (kind of like girl scouts). I figured maybe someone I know might be there. We had talked a lot about friendship in class earlier that day, and it got me thinking. I walked into the familiar room, seeing familiar...
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CONFIDENCE
CHURCH FRIENDS I'm a twelve year old girl. Most of you might think this is pretty young, but I'm going into eighth grade. I go to church every Sunday, and every Sunday I sit in youth group. I walk in, and sit in the back. I always thought this is how middle school would be, sitting alone. I had friends, of course, they just...
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MOTIVATION
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS I have come a long way from riding on the back of a donkey as a child in Portugal in the 50's and 60's, where I grew up. My family was poor; in fact, I recall times when my courageous mother had to literally beg for food to feed four hungry boys. At the time, we also never had a permanent home to live in, and...
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OPTIMISM
LIFE IS LOVE Life, most people say, is fleeting. It flies right by us and we barely even notice until something horrible happens. My name is Bec and I am sixteen. August 3rd was the fourth anniversary of my mother's death. It all started on January sixth of 2004 when my mother was checked into the hospital. I was scared; a...
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COMPASSION
I LIVE INSPIRED Two years ago my life took a quite unexpected turn. I can remember the exact moment, sitting on the front steps of my apartment listening to an old friend explain his goal to help people in recovery from substance abuse. Little did I know this mission would soon expand to include helping the world live more...
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GIVING BACK
GIVING BACK In 2002, Samantha M., a then student at the University of the Incarnate Word, was involved in a near fatal automobile accident. She was driving the car and the passenger, her close friend, died. When Samantha awoke from the coma, she said that she wanted to climb a mountain and bike across the US. The last few...
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
LIVING THE DREAM I volunteer at a local Reparatory Theater as an usher. Tonight was just like any other night. A bunch of us were standing by the door waiting to escort people to their seats. It's common to greet one another with a "how are you" and half the time it seems we don't even listen to the answer- always hoping that...
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