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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OPPORTUNITY
RIGHT PLACE - RIGHT TIME A few years ago when my youngest son Matthew was about 8 or 9 years old, we were getting things together to take to the Salvation Army at Christmas time. The boys would go through their old toys and give away what they didn't "need." I always make cookies and get together blankets and clothes. Matt and I were...
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OPPORTUNITY
LOVE AND CHARITY My 3-year-old showed me just how good it feels to give to others when we went to the store for our 'treat day' (Fridays). She picked out her treat, and noticed a little boy asking his mom to buy him a chocolate bar. The little boy's mom told him they only had enough for bread and milk. My daughter turned to me...
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OPPORTUNITY
TOOTHLESS GRIN I was doing some last-minute Christmas shopping in a toy store and decided to look at Barbie dolls for my nieces. A nicely dressed little girl was excitedly looking through the Barbie dolls as well, with a roll of money clamped tightly in her little hand. When she came upon a Barbie she liked, she would turn and...
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DETERMINATION
COMPASSION My husband, Sam, has shown me a lot of great Values throughout our five years together, but the most telling of his personality was when, at the age of 31, he decided to donate his kidney to a complete stranger! He had a friend that died from complications from diabetes and kidney failure, and he wanted to do...
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COURAGE
THE GIFT OF LIFE As a child I knew my brother was sick. But, until recently I never understood the impact his illness would have on his life, as well as mine. In the past year, at the young age of 33, my brother's kidneys began to fail as a result of Juvenile diabetes. When I realized his health was declining, I chose to give...
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UNITY
GOLDEN RULE Three years ago I was invited to join a group of individuals that were of diverse faiths. These wonderful people each have different beliefs and worship individually according to their faiths traditions. One thing that they all share is their faith's version of the Golden Rule. This is the one thing that each...
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COURTESY
THE HANDSHAKE This little story I'm about to tell you happened when I was about 11 years old, and I'll never forget it. I was at my friend Jenny's house after school one day, and we were doing (or not doing!) homework. While I was there a friend of Jenny's mom came over to visit. I don't remember her name or even what...
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HONESTY
FINDING PATIENCE Yesterday, I was frantically juggling between preparing chili for the crock pot so we can have dinner ready after my son's baseball game (during which I had to leave to pick up my husband from work since we're down to one car only to come home and rush everyone to bed in order to meet a work deadline that I...
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DETERMINATION
MY GENEROUS SISTER My sister Jane talked me into training for a marathon even though I was in terrible shape, and not athletic like her. I often wanted to quit, but she spurred me on, and always had a positive attitude. She was very disappointed that she couldn't go to the New York More Marathon with me, but, as is typical of her,...
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CARING
GRAM'S LEGACY Gram Kelly was the model grandmother. She doted on her many grandchildren as though we were her sole purpose for rising in the morning. Gram made us feel so special! She was preoccupied with leaving something behind, though. Gram worried about being able to pay for her funeral as well as leaving an inheritance...
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LOVE
LOVE My grandmother passed away on Christmas day 2002. She was 68 years old and had multiple health problems. A few days after her funeral, I was at her home with my grandfather. We were looking at a wall of pictures they have in the den. He picked up a picture of him and his wife on their wedding day. They were both...
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COURAGE
MY FATHER, MY HERO Since Father's Day is approaching, once again I sit and wonder what tools he would like or what new golf item he could use. After awhile of pondering, I sit and think of who he is to me. During my turbulent teen years I always tested my dad because, you see, we were so alike. My mother played referee between us,...
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LOVE
SHMILY My grandparents were married for over half a century, and played their own special game from the time they had met each other. The goal of their game was to write the word "shmily" in a surprise place for the other to find. They took turns leaving "shmily" around the house, and as soon as one of them discovered...
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LIVE YOUR DREAMS
KINDRED SPIRITS I'm a graduate student at UCLA. Last weekend my family and I celebrated my Great Aunt Loretta's 85th birthday. Even though we don't see that much of each other I've always felt a certain closeness to her, maybe because we're both artists or because neither one of us is afraid to try new things. When she was 60...
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LOVE
SIMPLICITY OF LIFE My parents knew their gold: each other, their six children, and their faith. They tried to live uncluttered lives so that they could have time for what was most important. They didn't busy themselves buying a bigger house, because that would mean working harder to pay the monthly mortgage, doing overtime work...
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