Special Features

Stand by Your Man… or Woman

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The wedding vows encourage the couple to remain faithful through good times and bad, in sickness and in health. The bonds of love between spouses can offer strength and hope regardless of the challenge a marriage may face. Click the links below to read how these couples are inspired by their love for each other.

  1. Semper Fidelis
  2. God Knows About Sacrifice
  3. The Value of Your Life
  4. A Walk in the Woods Together
  5. Staying Close

Kindness

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It’s amazing the effect that one simple act of kindness can have both on the giver and the receiver. Greeting a stranger with “hello” or letting a fellow driver merge ahead of you may not change the world, but it can make living in that particular moment more pleasant.

  1. The Power of Hello
  2. Grace Is a Gift
  3. Opening the Door of Mercy
  4. The Triumph of Kindness
  5. The Perfect Merge

Grief

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At times of loss, feelings of grief can be overwhelming. But from the crucible of that pain, we can learn more about ourselves, and about how we want to continue living in the world. Click the links below to read what these essayists discovered about the grief they experienced.

  1. A Way to Honor Life
  2. Motherhood Is a Sacred Gift
  3. The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do
  4. The Give-and-Take of Grief
  5. Peaceful in My Grief

What Students Believe

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As the school year winds down, young people across America are writing statements of belief as a final classroom exercise. And thousands of those students have submitted their essays to our series. Click the links below to read a sampling of what young people believe.

  1. Thirty Things I Believe
  2. Being Content with Myself
  3. Finding the Flexibility to Survive
  4. The Triumph of Kindness
  5. Find a Good Frog
  6. The Real Me

Teachers

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Thousands of teachers across America have asked their students to write This I Believe essays. In the process, many of those teachers have written their own statements of belief. In spite of the challenges, these educators say teaching is more than a job: it is a calling, a gift and the source of unwavering belief. Click the links below to read what they believe.

  1. Life Is A Spiritual Struggle
  2. Teenagers Matter
  3. To Know We Are Not Alone
  4. The Best Generation
  5. The Courage To Strive

Nurses

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They work long hours performing tasks many of us wouldn’t want to do. They are present during moments of tragedy and joy. And, when we need medical care, they are often the first and last people we see. Click the links below to explore the beliefs of nurses in hospitals, in battle, and at school.

  1. I Can Make Things Better
  2. To Care For Those In Battle
  3. Nurses Represent The Best Of Humankind
  4. A Moment Of Admirable Strength
  5. A Punk-Rocking Nurse

A Calling to Medicine

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For thousands of years, men and women have chosen to become healers. Some of them have chosen to take the Hippocratic Oath and become physicians. Below, you will find essays from several of them, including some from the 1950s This I Believe series.

  1. Connecting with My Patients
  2. Why Pain?
  3. Listening Is Powerful Medicine
  4. A Goal of Service to Humankind
  5. Every Person Is Precious
  6. A Doctor’s Concern

Gardening

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Spring is here and all over the country, gardeners are beginning to start planting their gardens, or at very least start planning what they are going to plant. But more than flowers and vegetables emerge from the soil. Beliefs can grow there, too. Click the links below to read how gardening has inspired these essayists.

  1. Tending Gardens And Cultivating Humanity
  2. The Simple Joys of Life
  3. Comfort Food
  4. The Fruit Is Sweet
  5. The Church of the Garden

A Place Called Heaven

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Is there such a place? What is it like, and who might be there? Questions about heaven have occupied the minds of people for generations. In pondering these questions many of our essayists have found a belief that brings them hope and comfort. Click the links below to explore a sampling of thoughts about heaven.

  1. Everyone Goes To Heaven
  2. Living In My Heaven
  3. A New World
  4. Wherever The Rest Of My Kind Go
  5. My Vision Of Heaven

Women In Activism

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The original This I Believe and our revival of the series have featured a number of high-profile women working for progress in justice, equal rights, and other social issues. In honor of Women’s History Month, click the links below to learn of the beliefs that guided these prominent women.

  1. A Balance Between Nature And Nurture
  2. When Children Are Wanted
  3. A New Control Of Destiny
  4. Living My Prayer
  5. A Force For Human Dignity
  6. The Power And Mystery Of Naming Things
  7. A Devotion To The Common Good
  8. Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing