This I Believe

Sarita - Walla Walla, Washington
Entered on August 9, 2006
Age Group: 65+
Themes: integrity, legacy

I believe you should say what you believe and believe what you say. Watch out, I am going to name-drop. I learned this lesson because my father, W. H. Veatch was one of Ed Murrow’s speech teachers at WSC, and he always told this story to his students. Ed was a finalist in a national speech contest in oratory, and as dad listened to him, he began to falter and fumble, hesitated and concluded his well rehearsed speech very poorly. When dad asked him what happened, Ed replied “I realized as I was talking that I didn’t believe what I was saying, and I just couldn’t go on.”

It wasn’t in Europe that Ed developed his ethics, it was in his formative years much earlier, and he held true to his honest evalation of what he was seeing, feeling and reporting. I believe that I can do no less than attempt to keep my reporting, speaking, teaching and living to this same high standard. My family and community need to be able to rely on what I say and do.