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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RISING ABOVE
LIFE GOES ON I am a 20 year old boy and a student of Ateneo de Naga University, Pillipines. I had a fracture in my left arm while playing skateboard in a skate park. My family is not rich but spent 70 thousand philipine peso working abroad to pay for my medical bills. When I had that accident I thought that my life would...
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LOVE
LOVE WAS MY SAVING GRACE A few years ago, my husband of nearly twenty years died of cancer. The love of my life. We had been high school sweethearts, and married at the age of eighteen. I was devastated, heartbroken, and totally consumed by grief. I couldn't eat or sleep. The noise in my head was so loud and my heart so heavy, I could...
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VISION
IN THIS MOMENT, WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT? With the daily frustrations, busy lifestyles, desires of success, and the expectation to be and do everything, we sometimes forget what is most important at this moment. Everyone has heard the sayings, "Live in the moment," "Live as if today could be your last." You don't know when your last day will be. Or...
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CARING
FINE EXAMPLES My mother through her fine example instilled within me the desire to help others. She taught me to notice those whom others ignore. She was compassionate. The railroad tracks were within a mile of our house. "Beggers" and "Bums" (as they were known) frequently would knock on the doors in our neighborhood in...
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APPRECIATION
A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE We'd always wanted a real Christmas tree—a tall, lavishly decorated one, like other families had. It would have had singing lights, silver tinsel, blown-glass ornaments, and icicles dressing its snow-tipped branches. And, of course, underneath it would have been overflowing with presents for us children. But...
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HELPING OTHERS
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT I was 18 and on my way back to my college dorm, from babysitting, in the middle of the night. It was snowing and the streets were already covered with ice. As I approached the intersection, the light turned red and I stopped with no problem. But when the light turned green, the tires could not find traction....
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OVERCOMING
TRUE FRIEND There is a boy I know who used to always get picked on. He was insulted, he was pushed around, and he was taunted by bullies. One day, he decided he couldn't take it anymore, and he wasn't scared. When the bullies came to pick on him, he wanted to stand up for himself. Then, one of the bullies was about to throw...
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TEAM WORK
TEAM SPIRIT Once there was a race for handicapped children, with one gold medal to be won. The race started, and was only 100 meters. There were seven children competing for that one gold medal. Soon after the race began, the last place runner fell down. Without hesitation, the sixth child stopped to pick up the seventh....
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COMMITMENT
SIMPLE ACTS OF GRATITUDE This summer I directed my first theatre production. When I started, I had no idea how much time and energy such a task would require. My entire July month was filled with late-night sewing, constant rehearsals, and the utter stress and worry of our progress. I felt tired and overworked. The weekend before...
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INSPIRATION
A LESSON TO US ALL My senior year was supposed to be the "best" year yet. I anticipated being "cool" and having younger students look up to me. Now 23-years-old, however, I look back on my senior year in high school and the thing I remember most vividly wasn't being "cool" or having underclassmen admirers. The day I remember is...
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CONFIDENCE
WHY DO I STUTTER? I stutter. When I was younger, I didn't know what it was and I was often ashamed of it. I even was home-schooled because of it. I had no friends and thought no one liked me 'cause I was different. Well, 2 years ago I started speech therapy and began to realize that I wasn't alone. There are a lot of people...
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LOVE
MY NO.1 SON My son was away for a few days when his tooth fell out. And he didn't want to spend his money 'till he got home to me. So, the morning he got home, he asked if he could go across to the shop because he wanted to buy some sweets. When he came home, he hadn't bought himself anything. Instead, he had bought me a...
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LISTENING
THE ONLY ONE THERE My life had been going downhill since the beginning of high school. I hated school and I didn't care about anything in my life. But something my brother had told me about my high school was sitting in the back of my mind through the beginning of the year. He told me, "If you ever needed someone to talk to, the...
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COMPASSION
SHARING THE FEELING 'How long will you be poring over that newspaper? Will you come here right away and make your darling daughter eat her food?' I tossed the paper away and rushed to the scene. My only daughter, Sindu, looked frightened. Tears were welling up in her eyes. In front of her was a bowl, filled to its brim, with curd...
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INSPIRATION
HOLY CARS A couple of years ago, my wife and I purchased a new truck. I took my father-in-law out for a test drive to show it off, and I could tell the horsepower and all the extras impressed him. As we turned a corner, however, a truck pulled out in front of us. We have all seen a truck like this truck before. White,...
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