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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GRATITUDE
SHARING When I heard the doorbell ring, I went promptly to the door. As I opened it I saw a young man, about 24 years of age, standing there quietly. His first words were 'Good evening ma'am. All I'm asking for is bread.' As I reached for my purse, he insisted he truly did want food. It was then I knew he was hungry....
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GENEROSITY
THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE! I work for a bus company in where I am an aide on a school van with two disabled teen boys. One of my guys, Tyrell is almost completely blind and has some other physical and mental issues as well. Tyrell was all smiles for about a week at this point. He's normally a quite happy kid but I could tell this was...
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
TEACH THEM IN THE WAY TO GO I grew up in a very proper Catholic family. Five brothers and me, with just enough of all the right ingredients to make it a childhood well remembered. It was a very strict upbringing, and, in those days, more the norm than not. My father used some unusual techniques to teach us and rarely spared us from the...
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OPPORTUNITY
HELPING OR HURTING Years ago my husband and I were walking in the city when a man approached us asking for money. He was quite dirty and smelled very bad. The television news had been focusing on the problem of people on the street begging, but not really needing help. They asked that nobody give these people anything. My husband,...
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COMMITMENT
I PROMISE YOU... I strive for the highest ideals. I have outstanding passion, motivation & enthusiasm to constantly improve what I expect from myself. I don't take the easy way out. I don't accept defeat. I pick myself up quicker than anyone else. I learn not only from my mistakes, but also the mistakes of others. I have no space...
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OVERCOMING
FOOD IN THE WORLD OF UNEMPLOYMENT Nearly a year ago now, I had been unemployed for three months. No income, no food! A mother and her 11 year old daughter. My landlady decided to make a commitment to us. She said, "I will not let you go without until you are settled again"! I did not know this woman personally and she had no reason to help...
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VOLUNTEERING
GIFT OF HOPE About 2 years ago, as a sophomore in High School, I volunteered at a thrift store on the weekends. I didn't have any real reason for volunteering there initially; it was just something to do. I've never had many friends, so I figured that this would be a great opportunity to meet and work with people. I would...
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DETERMINATION
MY FRIEND'S DETERMINATION My best friend is Ellice T. Without her determination, she would probably still be studying at a primary school. She's in secondary school this year and it is because of her determination. She used to be a rebel; never listening to her parents and never bothering to finish her homework. Last year as her exam to...
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APPRECIATION
THE VALUE OF A DOLLAR When I was nineteen, I had a job at my local bookstore. Being located in the mall, we usually saw our fair share of characters, many of them teenagers. One night, a fifteen-year-old couple came in looking for a book. They seemed to be the usual type to give mall workers a hard time. When they came to the...
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DEDICATION
WE DID IT Our Management was determined to take off few inches from our waistline. We were encouraged to use the small field in front our our office to play cricket. But the very first season itself was a disaster. We played 19 matches with teams from other organizations and lost 18 consecutive matches though 19th one was...
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SOUL
MY LIFE It only takes a moment to change each and every moment there on after. I took a good look at my life 9 years ago I knew I had had enough of pain and suffering and I knew there was good too and the best of what was good up until then was love; so there in that moment I decided to put my faith in love. I did not...
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PERSISTENCE
A STRANGE EXAMPLE Is it strange to tell a story about a cat? I know cats don't have the higher moral capabilities humans are said to posses, but my cat is nothing if not persistent. And he's always pleasant about it. When he's ready to get up, he'll let you know. And if you don't get up, he'll persist in trying to wake you until...
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FORGIVENESS
CHOOSING TO FORGIVE No one likes to talk about forgiveness, because for most people I think it has a religious connotation. But the dictionary definition of "forgive" is "to stop feeling angry or resentful towards something." And I'm sure many people have managed to do that. I know I have, and I know how hard it is. To let go of...
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DEDICATION
THE COWBOY WAY My father is fond of a phrase: "That would be the easy way, but it wouldn't be the cowboy way." And while it sounds a little nonsensical, you have to understand that my dad grew up watching Roy Rogers on TV. And Roy Rogers could always be counted on. Dad is no cowboy - he's lived in the suburbs his whole life -...
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HARD WORK
BOPPA My mother's father (not "Grandpa," but "Boppa")is turning 81 in a month. He's been a farmer his entire life, and thinks nothing of lifting bales, laying irrigation pipe, or rolling under a machine to fix it. Rain or shine, he gets up early, has breakfast, and goes out to do the day's work. He's never thought of...
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