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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HELPING OTHERS
ROAD SIDE ASSISTANCE Spring of 1995 was a strangely hot spring, especially for Minnesota. I was 9 months pregnant with my first daughter and needed to drive about 45 minutes from a very rural area to my doctor's office. I drove an older car, which wasn't in the greatest of shape, but it got me from point A to point B -- except on...
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LOVE
THE LOVE OF A BROTHER I was born in a secluded village on a mountain. Day after day, my parents plowed the yellow dry soil with their backs towards the sky. One day, I wanted to buy a handkerchief, which all girls around me seemed to have. So, one day I stole 50 cents from my father's drawer. Father discovered about the stolen...
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COMMITMENT
NINTH WARD TREASURE I was itching to go back on active duty with the US Coast Guard, especially to go back to the Gulf Coast of the United States. I had been ordered down to Gulfport, Mississippi the night after Hurricane Katrina hit. With in three days of making landfall my Coast Guard Unit was running Search and Rescue Missions,...
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APPRECIATION
CHILDHOOD INSPIRATION Years back, when I was studying for elementary course, we had a very elderly lady staying alone as a neighbor. She was totally helpless, though financially sound. Out of fear, she never appointed any paid support. One day, I offered to help her out in all of her errands, purchases and general upkeep of her...
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COMPASSION
NURSES MATTER When I was 10 I was hospitalized at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, MO for ulcers. They were testing me for a reason and the condition. I had to stay a couple of days and that involved getting shots and extensive tests. I was scared when my parents left, because I believed they would give me...
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REACHING OUT
MAKING FRIENDS, LOSING ENEMIES About five years ago I started at a new school, when my family moved to Iowa. I was just a little excited, but I worried I would never fit in with the other sixth graders. Lucy, a girl in my class, who I thought was not ready for change, didn't like me from the start. In fact, I was pretty sure she hated me....
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HOPE
ILLUMINATION A beacon of light over a grey world, a little warmth when chillness pricks, the moon's illumination over the dark sky, a candle glow in the darkest night, a bud blooming with each drop of rain...Certain things that are more felt than touched give us reasons to think that life is all the more beautiful. Still...
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OVERCOMING
LITTLE MISS MARY A family friend sent me an email one day about this little girl, Little Miss Mary. The letter said that she was on the list for a lung transplant and requested help from the e-mail's recipients. The email was sent to many people who, when they read it, took action. Mary and her family received cards, toys,...
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CHARACTER
CARING IS IN THE HEART In a ram-shackled house, far from the village, lived a young man who was mentally impaired. He was always seen in the village, working hard to fill his old bag with discarded items and scraps of food. The children of the village sneered at him; the elderly villagers looked down on him and scolded their children...
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COURTESY
THE PARKING METER BANK One Christmas my husband and I traveled from our home in Utah to visit family. Our first stop was to visit my parents on the Oregon coast. My mother gave me a gift that day that will last a lifetime. A simple plastic parking meter bank. We continued north into Washington State to visit his family, but on...
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DEDICATION
THE TWO FAILURES I remember that hot summer afternoon when I was finally taken to the hospital to get a glimpse of my much-awaited sibling. I had a baby sister and in my five-year-old mind what was of utmost importance was that now I had my very own playmate at home. My father and I waited outside the hospital room for a few...
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PERSEVERANCE
MOTHER HEN I remember that hot summer afternoon when I was finally taken to the hospital to get a glimpse of my much-awaited sibling. I had a baby sister and in my five-year-old mind what was of utmost importance was that now I had my very own playmate at home. My father and I waited outside the hospital room for a few...
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
DREAMS DO COME TRUE As a child, my parents, by their example, instilled in me a love for reading. I dreamed of being a writer but the pursuit of dreams was never discussed or encouraged - leaving me to write in secret in my room. Life progressed, however, and an interest in interior design surfaced in my teens. However, at my...
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AMBITION
FINALLY GRADUATING Years of anticipating this time has finally arrived, there were times when I thought we would never get here. We are having three graduations in one family! My daughter is graduating from 4-year college in nursing, and my son is graduating from high school, and I also just graduated last week. The dream was...
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HELPING OTHERS
A HELPING HAND She had been bleeding all day. She was my good friend and closest professional colleague at the time —back in the 70's. It had been her first day back at work after some surgery and I guess she should have taken a few more days to recover. As soon as work was over, she and I headed to the emergency room and...
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