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Finding Strength After Setbacks

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We are all of us struggling to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and sane during this crisis. Some are turning to gardening, long walks, making music, art, or writing. Some are spending their time making useful things for others, such as face masks. The following essayists have found that sometimes significant challenges turn out to be opportunities in disguise.

  1. My Grandmother’s Dicho
  2. Feeding a Hunger
  3. The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home
  4. Joy Cometh in the Morning
  5. My Father Told Me I Was Fat

Happy With What I Have

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As all of us the world over are homebound, concerned about the future, it can be a good time to contemplate gratitude amid the worry and uncertainty. Click the links below to read how these essayists feel about finding happiness with what they have.

  1. Creating Our Own Happiness
  2. Happy Talk
  3. Make It Do
  4. Just Say No
  5. Happy With What I Have

Voices for Civil Rights

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A number of prominent African-Americans were featured on Edward R. Murrow’s original This I Believe radio series. Their words helped build momentum for the civil rights movement in the years leading up to the Montgomery bus boycott, lunch-counter sit-ins and the march on Washington. Click the links below to hear their inspiring words.

  1. All or Nothing
  2. The Birthright of Human Dignity
  3. Looking at Life Through Another’s Eyes
  4. God Is the Father of All Men
  5. Free Minds and Hearts at Work
  6. The Courage to Change the Things I Can

I Have a Dream

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Next Monday, we honor a great man who worked for racial equality and civil rights. To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we offer the following essays by people who have been influenced and inspired by Dr. King’s work and words.

  1. Standing Up for What Is Right
  2. The Power of Words
  3. Dr. King’s Dream
  4. This Is Our Mountaintop
  5. Singing the Dream

Making a Change

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“Nothing endures but change,” said Greek philosopher Heraclitus. It’s the beginning of a new year, a fresh start, and for some, a time to make resolutions. However great or small, deciding to make changes in our lives can be powerful, and for these essayists, making a change also brought about a new core belief.

  1. Right On Red
  2. The Sisterhood of Roller Derby
  3. Spare the Change
  4. It Starts with One
  5. Action Can Change Beliefs

Gift Giving

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When we are young, it is the receiving of gifts that brings excitement and joy. As we get older, we learn the truth behind the adage that it is better to give than to receive. In this season of giving, the essayists below share their beliefs on the importance of giving to others. Wishing you the season’s best from This I Believe.

  1. The Designated Celebrator
  2. To Share Even the Least We Have
  3. Ready to Give
  4. Soulful Moments
  5. Even the Smallest Gifts

Home for the Holidays

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Home can be the house we grew up in, the town where we live, or where our hearts are. However you define home, it is a powerful force in our lives, especially during the holidays. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by their homes around the holidays.

  1. Home for the Holidays
  2. Yankee Go Home
  3. Remembering the Past at Waffle House
  4. You Can Go Home Again
  5. I’ll Definitely Be Home for the Holidays

World War II Veterans

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It was this week 78 years ago, immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, that the United States entered what would later be known as World War II. How did the War and the experiences of combat shape the beliefs of those men who served? Find out in these essays broadcast in Edward R. Murrow’s This I Believe series from the early 1950s.

  1. Guarding the Gift of Freedom, by Lucius D. Clay
  2. All Men Are My Brothers, by James A. Michener
  3. Mankind Is Only a Youngster, by Lloyd Jordan
  4. To Live with Uncertainty, by W. David Curtiss
  5. Avoiding the Extremes of Life, by David J. Levy

Thank You

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Just two little words, “thank” and “you,” when used together, can convey so much. From small expressions of gratitude to someone who served you lunch, to making the time to send a handwritten note, the following people believe in the power of saying “thank you.”

  1. The Act of Giving Thanks
  2. Saying Thank You
  3. Appreciating the Thought and the Effort
  4. Give Back by Saying Thank You
  5. Please and Thank You

Baking

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Baking from scratch is a process that demands time and precision, and it’s a task that some people bypass by heading straight for the bakery section of the supermarket. But is there more to baking than the final iced or sliced product? These essayists have found that the process of baking yields more than just something delicious to eat.

  1. Baking by Senses and Memories
  2. Doing Things the Slow Way
  3. Made by Hand
  4. Sharing a Piece of My Life
  5. Making Others Happy