Inspiring life wisdom from people of all ages—based on the This I Believe radio program The popular This I Believe series, which has aired on NPR and on Bob Edwards' shows on Sirius XM Satellite and public radio, explores the personal beliefs and guiding principles by which Americans live today. This book brings together treasured life lessons of people from all walks of life. Whether it's learning the power of saying hello or how courage comes with practice, their intimate reflections will inspire, move, and encourage you. Filled with the valuable insights distilled from a wide range of personal experiences, This I Believe: Life Lessons is a perfect gift—for others or for yourself. Includes extraordinary essays written by "ordinary" people who share the story of an important lesson they have learned about life Shares a wide range of beliefs and experiences from a diverse group of contributors, including a physician, a roller derby queen, a corporate executive, and a homeless person Based on the popular This I Believe radio series and thisibelieve.org website No matter what your age or circumstances, this book will give you valuable food for thought and important new insights on how others have learned from life's challenges.
Introduction 1 The Power of Hello 5 Howard White The Art of Being a Neighbor 8 Eve Birch A Kind and Generous Heart 11 Christine Little Make It Do 14 Patricia Anderson Grace Is a Gift 17 Laura Durham The Sisterhood of Roller Derby 20 Erin Blakemore Caring Makes Us Human 23 Troy Chapman Satisfaction with a Job Well Done 26 Nancy Pieters Mayfield The World Is Imperfect 29 Suzanne Cleary Peace Can Happen 32 Christine Kingery A Priceless Lesson in Humility 36 Felipe Morales Finding Out What’s under Second Base 39 Lex Urban Accomplishing Big Things in Small Pieces 42 William Wissemann I Have to See the World 45 Veena Muthuraman Deciding to Live 49 Kij Johnson Walking in the Light 52 Paul Thorn The Perfect Merge 55 Lori Vermeulen Listening Is Powerful Medicine 58 Alicia M. Conill,M.D. Semper Fidelis 61 Andrew Paradis Our Vulnerability Is Our Strength 64 Colin Bates Patriotic Ponderings 67 Joan Skiba Opening the Door of Mercy 70 Karin Round The True Value of Life 73 Sudie Bond Noland An Invitation to Dialogue 76 Madhukar Rao Homeless but Not Hopeless: A Man Finds His Soul 79 Les Gapay The Power of Sleep 82 Anne Hoppus Where Wild flowers Grow 85 Maureen Crane Wartski I Could Be Wrong 88 Allan Barger Everyone Is Included 91 Catherine Mcdowall A Lesson I Hold Dear 95 Kara Gebhart Uhl A Taste of Success 98 Geoffrey Canada A Grace of Silence 102 Andrew Flewelling Do Talk to Strangers 105 Sabrina Dubik Finding Our Common Ground 108 Robin Mize Bus Chick’s Manifesto 111 Carla Saulter Right Now Matters 114 Samantha Jacobs Seeing with the Heart 117 Stephanie Disney Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace 120 Dani Weathers The Triumph of Kindness 123 Josh Stein Time to Walk the Dog 126 Betsy Buchalter Adler Yankee Go Home 129 Rita Barrett The Courage to Change the Things I Can 133 Mark Olmsted To Hear Your Inner Voice 136 Christine Todd Whitman Keep It Real 139 Rose Eiesland Foster Important Strangers 142 Leslie Guttman My Parents as Friends 146 Bhavani G. Murugesan A Good Neighborhood 149 Jeff Nixa Believing in People 152 Rebecca Klott Becoming Friends 155 Larry Chaston Just Say No 158 Jessica Paris Courage Comes with Practice 161 Theresa Macphail Adapting to the Possibilities of Life 164 Donald l. Rosenstein, M.D. Why Are We Here? 167 Dale Long A Drive to Achieve the Extraordinary 170 Juliet Frerking Inviting the World to Dinner 173 Jim Haynes Finding the Flexibility to Survive 176 Brighton Earley The Act of Giving Thanks 179 Michelle Lee Sally’s Monday 182 Patricia James If You Don’t Do It, Who Will? 185 Jodi Webb Here Comes (the Real) Santa Claus 188 Becky Sun Appendix: How to Write Your Own This I Believe Essay 191 Acknowledgments 193
DAN GEDIMAN is executive director of This I Believe, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that engages people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief have been featured on public radio since 2005. Gediman is the coeditor of the New York Times bestseller This I Believe, as well as This I Believe II, This I Believe: On Love, This I Believe: On Fatherhood and This I Believe: On Motherhood. JOHN GREGORY is editorial director and MARY JO GEDIMAN is outreach director of This I Believe, Inc.
First created by Edward R. Murrow in the 1950s, the popular radio program This I Believe explores the core beliefs and guiding principles by which Americans live today. In this book, you will find an inspiring collection of personal essays from men and women of all walks of life who share the stories of important lessons they have learned over the course of their lives. You'll find personal experiences and profound insights from a roller derby queen, a physician, a corporate executive, and a homeless person. You'll read essays written by those with several decades of life experience and others from teenagers. You'll find ponderings on life's big questions, such as "Why am I here?" and "What is my place in the world?" as well as beliefs in the importance of saying hello, thank you, and I forgive you. There are revelations on the importance of listening to your inner voice and taking responsibility for your actions. And there are reflections on the resiliency of people who have lived through cancer, depression, or an accident—and came through it with spirits intact. These diverse, engaging essays share valuable lessons for those just starting their adult lives or anyone dealing with life's challenges. Revealing much about what it means to be human, this book offers wisdom, guidance, and inspiration for all. To read more essays and submit your own, please visit www.thisibelieve.org. 100% of editors' proceeds go directly to the not-for-profit organization This I Believe, Inc.
The moving and powerful first-person essays in this book explore the core beliefs and guiding principles by which Americans live. Filled with valuable insights distilled from a wide range of personal experiences, This I Believe: Life Lessons is a perfect gift—for others or for yourself. "The turning points in my life have not been the times I succeeded at something, but the times I've whispered, 'I'm lost,' or 'Help me,' or 'I need a friend.' I believe sometimes our vulnerability is our strength." —Colin Bates, student and resident service assistant for people with mental disabilities "I believe you need to listen, carefully, to hear your inner voice. And then you have to do what it says." —Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "I believe that saying no to some of life's shimmering pleasures buys me a moment of peace and a small sovereign patch where I can pause and ask what it is my heart truly desires. No is not deprivation, it's deliberation. No is not loss, it's freedom." —Jessica Paris, educator "I have seen time and time again that when people find their commonalities, they are more likely to come together and become friends, even under the most stressful conditions. This I believe." —Sgt. Maj. Larry Chaston (Ret.), Vietnam and Afghanistan veteran, and engineer
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