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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HARD WORK
MY SON SAVED MY LIFE When I was 30, my mother died. I had a boyfriend who was not interested in marrying me. I found myself pregnant and alone at 31. My father was horrible, he and my baby's father called me constantly to urge me to give my child up for adoption. All I wanted was to be a mother. The only one who took me in and...
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SHARING
THE BEST GIFT FOR A BEST FRIEND I still recall the day my Mom suggested, "Let's get you some new clothes." You can imagine that to a little girl that may mean the world, but to me it meant the Universe because we were not financially well off. So I went wide-eyed, wondering what I could select. To my surprise my mom allowed me to pick out three...
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LISTENING
SHARING IS CARING So working at camp has taught me so many, many things—especially working at a camp for kids coming from low-income families and neighborhoods. One thing it has taught me is that these kids are not short of kindness and happiness, they just show it differently. Along with other counselors, I was setting up...
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CARING
FITTING IN My experience as a first year camp counselor held many things I was expecting, but also a number of things I was not expecting, with my group of 6th graders. My campers came from lower income neighborhoods and schools for an 8 week summer day camp. All of the kids seemed to know each other before arriving, and...
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CHARACTER
IMPARTING WISDOM My father died on December 18, 2003, when I was 12-years-old. Granted, I was not able to know my father for a big portion of my life, yet I acquired much wisdom from this great man's life and from what he had imparted to me. My father was a co-entrepreneur. He had a business he ran almost completely himself. His...
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SHARING
SHARING WHEN YOU CAN I'm unemployed right now, but I have enough to manage. I have a roof over my head and can pay the bills. It's more than what others have. There is a homeless man that has taken up residence under and overpass near my home. He is older and it is difficult to communicate with him. He does not actively solicit cars...
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HELPING OTHERS
HELPING THE ELDERLY I reside in a sketchy part of Connecticut. There are a lot of people, especially among the young adults, who try to be all gangster-like, and everyone is out for themselves. I was coming home one day and there was a elderly lady in her eighties (whom I might add always waves to everyone, and greets them with...
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PERSISTENCE
I WAS JUST ABOUT TO GIVE UP ON MY LIFE LONG DREAM It was an incredibly tough time in my life. A few years ago, I felt as though my world was crumbling. Everything seemed to be going wrong for me. To start with, I was overworked and overwhelmed trying to finish my college degree while holding down a night job as a nurse. I was working through a hurtful breakup,...
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HARD WORK
AN UNLIKELY GENIUS My story is a simple one. First of all, I'm the youngest of six children and I don't live in the best part of town. I started out at a school where 93 percent of the student population lived in poverty and a report card was simply a bunch of letters to most kids. This school was known for its bad test scores in...
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SPORTSMANSHIP
DANCE NATIONALS I am writing this story to express the important value of sportsmanship. A while ago, my traveling dance team participated in a nation wide dance competition. This competition is very hard and the atmosphere is far from friendly. As we walked off stage after completing our dance, the next competing team snickered...
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CARING
THE GIFT OF SELF I was a very young mother of two, when my husband of nearly ten years died very suddenly. Bob, who had just turned 34, had, had a fatal arrhythmia in his sleep. I was 31, with a thirteen month old baby and four year old—both girls. My family did not live close by, but everyone was there to support me through this...
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
65 ROSES Rowan is an eight year student in my second grade class in Los Angeles Unified School District. She has Cystic Fibrosis, coughs a lot, and is absent or tardy on many days. She inspires me as a teacher to do my best and cram as much learning as I can into each day. She has a hard time pronouncing her disease,...
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HELPING OTHERS
ONE STRANGER'S KINDNESS While doing some caving in Southern Missouri a few years ago, we came out of a cave only to find a flat tire on our van. I was with three or four of my buddies and we were covered in mud and not the most clean-cut group. We drove the crippled van to the nearest town. We were way out in the country and we stumbled...
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PERSISTENCE
MY FIRST MANAGEMENT JOB When I started my career in management I was really green, but I always tried to stay upbeat and positive on the job. I was working for a new company that was having a rocky time with their only major customer. Actually, there was one point where my General Manager told me he liked me and suggested I should start...
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DETERMINATION
GOING TO THE ELEVEN My family was getting ready to sit down to dinner. My son was hopping on one foot and counting to ten. He had me count three times. 1, 2, 3, ...10. He stayed balanced each time. Then he tried his left foot. 1, 2, 3, ...10. He did it again. Then he paused... "This time Mommy. let's go to the..." He thought about...
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