This I Believe Essays from KUER Listeners

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Megan, City, Utah: I Believe in Weight Lifting. Passion can drive people to accomplish amazing things in this life. It takes dedication and time to fall in love with a lifestyle. The road that leads us to our success is a bumpy one, but worth it. Growing up I was always self-conscious of my body. I never got picked on or ridiculed for the way I looked. I believe this self-image came from an origin with in my home.... more
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Elise, Pleasant Grove, Utah: I believe in self-control. All of my life, the one person I’ve always associated with self-control is Dad. He is a ninja master of emotion. Now he isn’t Spock or anything, but still. My father isn’t ticklish because he decides not to be. Tickle fights are so unfair at my house. My Dad is easy-going, and never quick to anger or violence. No matter what, only one experience comes to mind for my self... more
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LoraLynn, Cedar City, Utah: When I was 15, I ran track mostly for the social aspect. Little did I know I was going to learn a phrase that would change my life, for the good, forever. It was a chilly spring afternoon as a light rain moved in on my high school track practice. After the team was done running sprints on the track, the coach ordered us to run five miles up the nearby canyon. I was feeling tired and annoyed as I... more
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Ryan, Orem, Utah: In my senior year of high school, I was traveling to California on vacation with my family when I received word that my best friend and his family had been killed in a car accident. I remember sadness overwhelming me and when we arrived in Anaheim, I wanted to do nothing but sit in the darkness of my hotel room and mourn the passing of my friend in peace. My dad, in a moment of pure inspiration... more
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Dave, Ogden, Utah: Dad was always a giant to me; from the time he towered over me as a child until he passed away in December of 2012. As a child he physically loomed over me with his giant six-foot three-inch tall frame and piercing blue eyes. However, as the years have passed and I have become a father of four myself, his wisdom and spiritual stature have far surpassed his physical size. In 1991 Dad was forty-... more
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Danagail, St George, Utah: I lived in the small town of Biloxi, Mississippi. The quaint atmosphere is full of laughter and the people are genuine and kind. One hot day in August of 2005, my community was forever changed. Katrina, a category five Hurricane, crashed her waves and thrashed her winds that destroyed my small peninsula, located in the Gulf of Mexico. Mother Nature wracked havoc upon my community, by ripping memor... more
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Kristen , South Jordan, Utah: It’s an all too familiar scene in my household with two babies under two years old. Just as I am finally falling asleep after a long day, I hear my little girl whining in her adjacent bedroom. She’s lost her “blankie” and cries out for me to come help her. I give her a few minutes to find it herself all the while secretly hoping my husband will wake up and go in before me. After realizing that is ... more
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Alan, Ogden, Utah: It’s easy to get lost in the past, thinking and wondering to myself how I could have done this different or that better. Often I find myself pondering my life’s experiences, being over critical of the decisions and choices that I have made. Spending to much time on the past results in negative feelings, images, and a devaluing of my inner self. A wise man who had great influence on my life once to... more
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Janet, Salt Lake City, Utah: While I was attending college, one of my best friends was involved in the stereotypical train-wreck relationship. Over and over again I told her to break up with him, providing a seemingly endless list of reasons, “he doesn’t have a job,” “he doesn’t treat you right,” or, sometimes more compassionately, “he isn’t good enough for you.” For the longest time, I believed she simply lacked strength, un... more
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Neah, Salt Lake City, Utah: I believe in big, comfy, fluffy beds. First, they are always there for you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had the worst day or the best, they will be waiting at home when you arrive. It doesn’t matter what the rest of the world thinks about you, your bed will invite you in. And who cares if you got rejected, or had a bad test result. Your bed doesn’t care. Your bed is there for you, and only you. ... more
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Nathan, Ogden, Utah: I believe in never giving up. On a warm June morning my twenty-five year substance abuse history culminated in the front seat of a cop car. It was big that time, not like before. Later as I sat in a holding cell I had a moment to reflect on the wreckage I had created. My three kids were placed into foster care. House, cars, boat, even my clothes were all gone. On top of all that two of th... more
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Jessica, Cedar City, Utah: Success is a topic that generates many opinions. One opinion of success comes from Booker T. Washington. He stated “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” I have a personal experience that supports this statement by Washington. Just over a year ago, a diffi... more
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Tom, Layton, Utah: I believe happiness comes from seeing others have a good experience because of a service that you have done for them. I believe that service can be as simple as saying hello and as fun as dedicating six months of rehearsal towards a two-week play. The first time I encountered this philosophy was through my brother’s service to me. It was the night before elections. To my fifteen-year-old min... more
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Lucas, Cedar City, Utah: I believe most people like to think that success is all about what someone knows. While I agree that is most certainly an important factor, especially in a particular field or skill set, I would not say that it is the most important by any means. To me the most important factor in achieving success is personal drive. Drive can mean a lot of different things to people. If asked I believe most w... more
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Randi, South Jordan, Utah: I was just a little girl that wanted to do summersaults. Look at me now, I’m a competitive gymnast and have been for 12 years. At my very first gymnastics center, they promoted this quote, “Desire pushes you to the peak of your own pinnacle.” The quote stuck with me over the year, not only as a cute saying. Never fully understanding it as I do now, I’ve come to find that his quote had a very st... more
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M, Provo, Utah: I believe in the power of a toothpaste written message. You know, the one written spontaneously on a mirror. I believe in that. My senior year of high school my dad came to me and said, “Megan. I don’t think things with your Mom and me are going to work out.” I was always aware of my parent’s differences. They weren’t the most romantic couple, and didn’t express their love very often. Well, mo... more
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Will, Provo, Utah: At no time in my life have i ever lived anywhere for more than a few years. First Indiana, then Birmingham, Alabama, then Japan, then Tuscaloosa Alabama, then Utah, back to Alabama, then back to Utah. By my early high school and middle school years, I began to become very frustrated and wonder why we couldn`t just stay put for a while and establish deep roots and traditions we could repeat year ... more
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John, Salt Lake City, Utah: I believe in redemption. I would be lying if I said the transition of college was easy. Let me be completely honest: college hit me like a freight train. My world of high school that had surrounded academics, basketball, and friends had become the reality I clung to for basic sanity. College away from home was a new world that called for much more than three nouns to make sense of everything. Thu... more
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Gabriel, Provo, Utah: I believe in chores. Wait! Before you shoot, let me explain. Chores are what have kept me sane; they’re what have kept me alive; they’re what have kept my family going. They’re not what one usually attributes to any positive influence. Oftentimes they’re regarded with the deepest hatred. But I truly believe that without chores, I’d have long ago been diagnosed with several psychological illne... more
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Jeffrey, Provo, Utah: I believe in winter. I believe it hides behind a wall of cold that not many people can bring themselves to see past. I remember a time when winter was my enemy. I was a child. I took shelter from the wind, and bundled up against the cold. I hated it, and it hated me. When I was 12, I went on a campout to the mountains of Colorado. It was mid-winter, so our campsite was covered in snow and in the... more
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Ben, provo, Utah: I Believe in the value of hard manual labor. From the time of my early childhood I was taught this principle by my Dad. Some of my earliest childhood memories revolve around a place conveniently named Medusa. As the name suggests, this was not the prettiest place in the world. In fact it was quite the opposite. Medusa was a tire recycling plant in which we made a journey to about twice a week to... more
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Madison, Provo, Utah: I believe in toothbrushes. When I was a baby, I suffered from many different illnesses. During that time, the doctors gave me medication that affected the development of my teeth and gums. By the time all of my adult teeth had grown in, it was clear that my enamel wasn’t as capable of fighting off bacteria as it should have been. For years I neglected to take extra precautions, and because of ... more
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Emilee, Provo, Utah: I believe in late night talking. I have spent many nights since I was 14 conversing with different people into the early hours of the morning. I believe these moments contain the sweetest innocence others will offer you. Topics jump around to the extreme from how gross the cafeteria`s food was today to what boys you like to a childhood story about thinking you saw Santa in real life. People le... more
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Christian, Provo, Utah: I believe that the only person you have to prove anything to is yourself. I’ve learned this through my high school sports and activities I did on my own. I have always been attracted to individual sports because I liked to work by myself and when I succeeded I knew it was my own efforts. I wrestled and I weight lifted, both sports where I am the only one participating. What I put in, I get out. ... more
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Tanner, Provo, Utah: I remember when I was 12, my grandpa swung past on the way home from work and dropped off a box of coffee mugs his company had gotten rid of. I pulled them all out and looked at them. In between Charlie Brown and The National Baseball Hall of Fame was one that asked in bright letters, “will this matter 5 years from now?” What a dumb mug, I thought. Who would ever ask that question? What does it ... more
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