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Simply Say Hello

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It’s a very simple greeting, a way to break the ice, or a way to acknowledge someone’s humanity. With what other word can we do so much? Click the links below to learn what these essayists have found about the importance of saying “hello.”

  1. The Power of Hello
  2. Saying Hi
  3. Every Person Deserves Respect
  4. Hello Is as Easy as Moving Mountains
  5. The Importance of Greetings
  6. Sawubona

Father’s Day

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For this Father’s Day, we offer the following selection of essays about fatherhood—from being a father, to the relationship with our fathers. Click the links below to learn how these essayists have been inspired by the diverse range of experiences related to the father-child relationship. You can find these and other essays celebrating dads in our book, This I Believe: On Fatherhood.

  1. Appreciating the Moment
  2. The Choice to Do It Over Again
  3. When Angels Miss
  4. Finding a Different Way
  5. A Love Beyond Boundaries

Lost and Found

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It was J.R.R. Tolkein who wrote “Not all those who wander are lost.” And we might add that not all those who are lost need to be found. For some, getting lost is just an unexpected opportunity for something new to come along. Click on the links below to find what these essayists believe about getting lost.

  1. Getting Lost
  2. Lost
  3. Opening the Door of Mercy
  4. Wonderfully Lost
  5. I Once Was Lost…

Listen to Your Parents

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Most people can remember receiving words of advice from their parents—whether they asked for it or not. And, even if we did not heed the advice we were given, there is often truth in the words our parents wanted to share to guide us in our lives. Click on the links below to learn more about the wisdom learned from listening to one’s parents.

  1. The Power of Hello
  2. Always Go to the Funeral
  3. Work Is a Blessing
  4. Mom’s Everyday Advice
  5. A Father’s Lectures
  6. The Lawn Is Life

Asian-Pacific Heritage

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May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month—a celebration of the rich history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Click on the links below to read more from those whose Asian heritage has formed a foundation for their core beliefs.

  1. The Long Road to Forgiveness
  2. Big Thinking
  3. A Musician of Many Cultures
  4. Here Comes (the Real) Santa Claus
  5. A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country
  6. Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys
  7. A Mark in History
  8. Rice for Thanksgiving
  9. Mother Tongue

To Kill a Mockingbird

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Most people can probably make a quick list of books that have had a deep impact on their lives. And one of those books on a lot of those lists is To Kill a Mockingbird. Click on the links below to read more about how this classic book has had an impact on these readers.

  1. Unhardened Hearts
  2. Lessons from the Mockingbird
  3. I Believe in Atticus Finch
  4. Other People’s Shoes
  5. The Power of Literature

Carpe Diem

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The Latin phrase “carpe diem” translates as “seize the day,” an aphorism teaching us to put aside worries and concerns of the past or future in order to truly enjoy the moment. Many people heed this advice, and for the following essayists, living in the present moment has inspired a lifelong belief.

  1. Living for Today
  2. Listen to Your Mother-in-Law
  3. It Felt Like Death
  4. Living in the Present Moment
  5. The Gift of Time

Simplicity

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Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Some people choose to downsize their lives for spiritual reasons or out of concern for the environment. For others, the decision may be out of economic necessity. Whatever the reason, living simply has inspired belief among these essayists.

  1. Make It Do
  2. Enough Is More Than Plenty
  3. Our Social Duty
  4. The Gifts of Simplicity
  5. What Makes the Happiest People

Words of a Poet

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Whether a sonnet, a haiku, or free verse, poetry is a distillation of language that reveals the very essence of an idea or emotion. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we hope you’ll click the links below to read how these essayists have found their beliefs through poetry.

  1. Art Is a Question of Being Alive
  2. True Poetry
  3. The Making of Poems
  4. The Return of Poetry
  5. We Never Go Away

The First Ten Essays

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On April 5, 2005, This I Believe launched a new project—sharing the personal beliefs of men and women from all walks of life. To celebrate the ten years since we launched this project, we are taking a look back at the very first essays that started things off. We hope you enjoy reading the very first ten essays.

  1. In Giving I Connect With Others
  2. The America I Believe In
  3. Testing the Limits of What I Know and What I Feel
  4. Good Can Be as Communicable as Evil
  5. There Is Such a Thing as Truth
  6. Be Cool To The Pizza Dude
  7. How Is It Possible to Believe in God?
  8. The Real Consequences of Justice
  9. Science Nourishes the Mind and the Soul
  10. The Importance of Restlessness and Jagged Edges