Special Features

A Passion for Sports

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We are in the middle of the Women’s World Cup, and baseball season is in full swing. But you don’t have to play sports in front of a national audience to learn life lessons that come from physical activity and competition. Click the links below to read the beliefs of these essayists who have a passion for sports.

  1. The Perfect Rebound
  2. You May Say I’m a Dreamer
  3. Be a Good Teammate
  4. Finding Out What’s Under Second Base
  5. Old Socks and Bits of String

Saying Goodbye

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Sometimes a goodbye is a casual comment to a colleague we’ll see tomorrow. Other times we say farewell to a loved one we’ll never see again. The moments of transition that we mark with a see you soon, a goodbye, or a farewell can leave a lasting impression on a person. Click to the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by saying goodbye.

  1. Life Is Beautiful
  2. Releasing the Old, Embracing the Now
  3. See You Soon
  4. The Future Is Unknown
  5. To Have It All Back

Fatherhood

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In honor of Father’s Day, we offer this selection of essays about fatherhood—from the fathers who influenced us, to the fathers we hope to become. Click the links below to read how fathers and fatherhood have inspired some of our essayists. You can find these and other essays celebrating dads in our book, This I Believe: On Fatherhood.

  1. Truth and the Santa Claus Moment
  2. A Father’s Lectures
  3. A Father Is Born from Many Strangers
  4. Appreciating the Moment
  5. The Dads We Were Given

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…

On Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who have died while in military service. To honor the memory of those who have served and sacrificed, we offer this collection of essays that explore the importance of remembering those who have served their country.

  1. On Memorial Day…
  2. War, Loss, and Remembrance
  3. Thought for Tomorrow
  4. The Ultimate Sacrifice
  5. Reasons to Remember

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

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

Mother’s Day

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Photo courtesty of Geeta Maker-Clark

In honor of mothers everywhere—new mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, adoptive mothers, and mothers-in-law—we say thank you. As it turns out, a lot of people write This I Believe essays about the mother-child relationship, and we are happy to feature a handful this week. Click the links below to learn how motherhood inspires a wealth of beliefs.

  1. Evolution
  2. Considering Adoption
  3. The Transformative Power of Letting Go
  4. It Takes a Mother’s Love
  5. Listen to Your Mother-in-Law
  6. Miracle from Within

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

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