This I Believe Essays from Our Community

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Janice, Valparaiso, Indiana: I believe in my own inner strength. I was thirty years old when I found myself on my own with two small children. I was a stay at home mom with no college education and very few skills that would allow me to support two young children. I spent my twenties supporting my husband in his self-discovery and, working midnight shifts at our local Walmart for extra money. I became a stay at home mom after... more
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Christopher, Valparaiso, Indiana: What have I just done? This is what I asked myself as I was driving from Indiana to Florida. My wife and I had just sold our house and belongings and were moving to the Dominican Republic with our children and dogs. I was moving to the DR to work with children in need at an orphanage and schools. This was a huge risk and move for me. In some ways this was out of character for me to be taking s... more
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Rocky, Valparaiso, Indiana: I’ve always loved dogs. I’ve almost always had a dog in my life. And when I didn’t, I wanted one. The benefits of bonding with a canine companion are endless. They reduce our anxiety and depression, lower our blood pressure, and help keep us physically active. They can be trained to sniff out tumors, warn us of seizures or low blood sugar. They risk their lives protecting their owners whether they... more
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Rebekah, Valparaiso, Indiana: A few years ago, I found myself shivering, angry, in pain, and desperate to flee. It was 29 degrees outside, and I was trapped on a windy river. In Florida. Who knew “the sunshine state” could be so cold? I was sitting in the back of a long, skinny boat no wider than a meter. I was on a week-long winter training trip with the varsity rowing team I had walked onto at college. And I was mise... more
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Wanda, Portage, Indiana: As I sat down to think about what I was going to write about in this essay I was stumped because I have several things that I truly believe in and that I have tried to live by. I guess the one thing that has stuck with me the most is my belief in fate and God has a plan for me and everyone. At the young age of 10 I had to deal with the fact that the next 5 years my father would suffer a massiv... more
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Aaron, Valparaiso, Indiana: This I believe: the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view. Considering different perspectives can strengthen, challenge, or bring clarity to the core beliefs we use to navigate the world. My dad didn’t play catch with me; my next door neighbor`s family took me to sporting events. Upon discovering I couldn’t ride a bike at whatever the appropriate age that skill should have b... more
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Kyle, Valparaiso, Indiana: August 1, 1978 was the day my young life suddenly changed. My big brother Tom, whom I cherished to the upmost, died in a car accident. I was already sad about his upcoming departure to college. His new suitcase, ready for the collegiate journey, would now go unpacked. I was left behind in a way not previously imagined. I wandered aimlessly through the harvested cornfields in back of our house: thi... more
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Judith, San Pierre, Indiana: I believe in telling the truth. I suppose that would be a statement made by most, but how many practice what they preach? I learned the lesson of telling the truth at a very early age. I guess I was about three. Not many people remember things at such an early age, but I do. I think I was given this gift of early memories because it eventually turned out to be the only record of experiences with m... more
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Todd, Chesterton, Indiana: Writing this essay has been both a challenge and a blessing. The challenge for me was in making myself slow down from my hectic schedule and clear my mind of all of the noise, obligations and tasks to be completed. The blessing for me came when I started to reflect back on several of the key defining moments in my life and look for a common thread. The common thread that emerged for me was lo... more
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Susan, Portage, Indiana: When I was 19, my oldest brother was critically injured in a farming accident. He was crushed between the hydraulic bucket and cab of a piece of equipment. Upon arrival at the emergency room, he was not expected to live for more than maybe a couple of hours-long enough for family to be summoned and arrive to say goodbye. Fortunately a surgeon on call reconsidered the circumstances and made the ... more
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Susan, Valparaiso, Indiana: I believe I have learned a lot about life in my 60 years. I also believe most of the things I thought I had learned have changed. When I was young, I believed that if you played nice everyone would like you and be nice back to you. In my young adult years, I believed nice guys finished last, get them before they get you. In mid-life, I believed it is a combination of both. Being nice usually... more
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Sandra, Valparaiso, Indiana: I believe that the only thing in life that matters is people. This belief came out of a life-changing event. It was February, 1995, a few days after my 50th birthday. I was in the hospital when a doctor informed me that I had colon cancer and the prognosis was poor. I was thought to have stage 4 cancer and maybe one year to live. I had always been very healthy, so when I was faced with death ... more
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Rebecca, Chesterton, Indiana: I believe in redemption. Despite this belief, I actually had to look the word up in the dictionary in preparing this essay. Seriously. Not because I don’t have a working knowledge of its meaning, but more to just make sure. Here’s what I got: redemption being the noun form of the verb “redeem”, meaning “to buy or get back; recover; to pay off (e.g. a loan); to turn in (e.g. coupons) for a prem... more
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Amy, Valparaiso, Indiana: I believe that joy exists all around me and I’ve only to notice, reflect and act. Joy isn’t merely in the events I celebrate, like birthdays, holidays or accomplishments; but also, it’s in the common place. My intention is to approach each day searching for joy. Some of the most memorable to me include passing a work crew along highway 10, a cherry picker and worker hoisted up, trimming evergre... more
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Socorro, Portage, Indiana: I believe that people respond to your expectations even though they initially feel uncertain about achieving goals that have been set. I have always set personal goals for myself. Midway in my career at Porter-Starke my supervisors started setting goals for me. At first I was nervous because it seemed that they were asking more of me than I could produce. I was wrong. Time after time I met th... more
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Linda, Chesterton, Indiana: I believe in rescuing pets as there are so many beautiful pets in need of a home. My husband and I had two beautiful cats but my husband always wanted a dog. We couldn’t get a dog until we purchased our own home. In 2007, we purchased our first home. My husband researched dogs and dog rescue groups and in the summer of 2008 we fixed our fence and decided to adopt an Australian Shepherd. We co... more
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Helena, Munster, Indiana: In early 1985, I arrived at Purdue University Pharmacy School from China as a visiting scholar. A colleague helped me find my off-campus housing in West Lafayette. It was one of the four small bedrooms in a dark basement. The small and minimally furnished room had no carpeting, with only one narrow window admitting scant natural light. I shared a putrid bathroom and a tiny kitchen with three male ... more
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Sheila, Portage, Indiana: I remember at the age of 21, I just got married in September of 1989 and was feeling the newlywed bliss. I went to visit my parents on December 21, 1989 and was told my nephew was being abused. I didn`t have to think when I called my sister to see if I could have him for the weekend. School was out for the holiday and she said ``take him``. Within an hour my life and his would change forever... more
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Janet, Valparaiso, Indiana: I believe there is a power that guides, directs, and protects me. I`ll give a few examples that make me think so. My meeting my husband was sheer chance. I was assigned to teach in a school the very same time my husband returned home from studying in Germany. My boyfriend had just ended our relationship and Walt`s girlfriend had just refused to follow him to America to marry him. We were ... more
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Deb, Portage, Indiana: I believe we make many choices every day. I also believe that what we choose to do is always evolving. It is so funny to me how we feel we believe so strongly in something until we are challenged by the belief. Years ago my mother gave me a small daily journal titled “Grace for the Moment.” My mother became very ill and it was not unusual for me to be called in the middle of the night to meet t... more
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Mary Beth, Valparaiso, Indiana: Going to the movies is one of my favorite pastimes. I remove myself from the worries of the day and I am at peace. My love for the cinema spans three generations and is in my genes. My mother was a savvy New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx. She knew everything there was to know about the movies. My grandmother would even take my mom out of school when movies were just a nickel. They would tr... more
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Kelly, Valparaiso, Indiana: I believe in the phrase, ``there are only two can`ts in life - if you can`t get it - you can`t stay.`` As a young man, I entered the working world as a plumber apprentice. This would put me on the same career path as my brother and father. I recall the excitement of reporting to my first assignment and meeting my foreman who would help me in gaining the experience I would need to achieve my goa... more
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J. Todd, New Buffalo, Michigan: I believe in mornings. I love the quiet calmness in the early hours of the day, greeting the dawn while sipping a hot cup of coffee. I also like the hopeful feelings that accompany mornings. It’s important to know that my belief in the freshness that comes with morning light was formed in the darkest hours of my life. I realize darkness happens to all of us, I’d like to share a little abou... more
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Carol, Valparaiso, Indiana: All people should be treated with dignity and respect. I first heard this statement when I applied to Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. I said to myself, “Yes, this is what I have always believed but had never put into such perfect words. When I was an intern at the Adult Rehabilitation Center of the Salvation Army, I had the privilege of knowing a man I most likely never would have ... more
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Rocco, Valparaiso, Indiana: This I Believe Life is beautiful, but sad. Life is sad, but beautiful. Life is beautiful. I believe that I am surrounded by the beauty, wonder, and miracle of life. I have the beauty of a wonderful wife, family, friends, and co-workers. I have a rewarding professional life which gives purpose to a lifelong career as well as purpose to my life. I believe in health, balance, and hope. On th... more
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