DEVOTION

is having profound dedication, love or loyalty.

“True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.”

Henry Miller (1891-1980); author, writer

“In the uttermost meaning of the words, thought is devout, and devotion is thought. Deep calls unto deep.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“I learned that landscape by drawing it, and I came to care for it with a lover's devotion. ”

Philip Pullman (born 1946); writer, author

“Life doesn't come with an instruction book. That's why we have fathers.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr. writer

“History provides abundant examples of people whose greatest gift was in redeeming, inspiring, liberating, and nurturing the gifts of others.”

Sonya Rudikoff Author

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. ”

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959); architect

“When we got home from that race that night, Rick wrote on the computer, 'Dad, when I run it feels like my disability disappears.' So, that was a very powerful message to me.”

Dick Hoyt (born 1940); athlete, inspirational speaker

“I really owe everything to my parents and their devotion and drive to see to it that their children had the education which led to the opportunities that they never were able to have. ”

George J. Mitchell

“Where we love is home. Home that the feet may leave, but not our hearts.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894); writer, physician

“Devotion, when it does not lie under the check of reason, is apt to degenerate into enthusiasm.”

Joseph Addison (1672-1719); English essayist, poet, playwright and politician.

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.”

Jack Dempsey (1895-1983); heavy weight boxer

“Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart - a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water - I accept with joy.”

Bhagavad Gita (born 500);

“I am because you are.”

African Proverb

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Real Stories About Devotion

New Orleans Hero

I worked for a large corporation and one day as part of a team building exercise, each leader described who their hero was and why. As we went around the room we heard about leaders of great power, CEO's, Billionaires, Politicians, and Movie Stars. When they came to gain my feedback, at first I was a little embarrassed. You see,…

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Messed Up Life!

My life got pretty crazy when I turned eleven. I broke my wrist and sprained my ankle playing basketball, my best friend turned out to be the guy I love, I had a ton of boy drama, lots of friend drama'pretty crazy. But this isn't about any of that, its about the one guy that changed my life forever. I'd…

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Devoted to Giving My Niece a Good Life

When my sister had her first child, she was only 17 years old. I was just 14 when I found out that I was going to have a niece. I was excited when Alyssa, my sister, was in the hospital having her. My sister named her baby girl, Kaylin Jane. When Kaylin was just 6 months old her father walked…

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Who has given more?

It started as casual small talk; catching up on life events since our last encounter. The conversation turned to a new topic, one I will never forget. This friend of mine, a mother, with a son serving our country in special operations began to share with me his recent experiences. She described a situation where her son while under attack,…

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Believe in Me

I would like to begin by saying that my life began in a very normal fashion. I grew up with two good parents and a very stable household. Unfortunately, my thirst for adventure and mischief was beginning to lead me down some dark corridors. As a freshman in high school, I was a very edgy, popular kid who had things…

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Most Devoted Mom

My mom is an amazing woman. She is 43 years old with four kids currently living at home with her. In the last four years she somehow found the time to receive a BA in psychology and is now attending graduate school, all-the-while also helping all of her kids and friends out at home. I know (and so does my…

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The Moment My Mother's Soul Left This Life

My mother, 85 at the time, called me to say that she had stopped driving. So my husband said, "Go, take care of her as long as you need to." So, I went 700 miles south to live with her, love her, and take care of her until the day she died. It was the hardest and most rewarding job…

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FRIENDSHIP

Friendship Friendship is to make a promise that you can believe one another. Friends can give you hope for your talents and dreams. My best friend told lies around the school saying that she went with a lot of people. So I just told her let it go because no one believes it. That’s why it is important to have…

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Living With It

Some people would walk away if they found out that their spouse had a disease that will take over his life and that he will eventually die from it. I won't walk away. My husband and I have been together for over 16 yrs. When he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2005 we had no clue what it meant…

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Now That's Love

My grandmother and my grandfather were married for over 50 years. I can only imagine what brought my grandmother, a native Canadian, here to the U.S. in the first place. They didn't have much, and they both had to have jobs. They kept my mother, her sister, and her brother clothed and in private Catholic schools from elementary through high…

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My Parents' Love

I lived in Dallas, Texas nearly all my life with my mom, dad and older sister. We were raised to respect others, value education, and get all that we could out of life. "You can be anything you want to be," my parents always say. "Work hard and the world is yours," is often quoted in my house. My parents…

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Beach Walker

My mother was a model in the 70s. She had a model friend, Remy, who loved the good life. This woman dated much and partied as often as she could. Unfortunately, she met up with a man who was not what he claimed to be. She was diagnosed with HIV and later succumbed to AIDS in the mid-80s. This is…

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Candlelight

“Candlelight” By: Patricia L. Bay, Psy.D. I looked across the room and saw him staring at me. I waited for a moment thinking he would say something and finally asked him, “What?” He smiled with his eyes more than his mouth. “You just lit a candle,” he said quietly. He did not need to explain what he meant. I could…

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Fred, the amazing 96 year old

Fred is an exceptional 96 year old, who recently lost his wife (together for 75 years). To help ease his grief, and honor her life, he wrote a song for her--and this video tells the beautiful story of his song coming to life. This inspiring story is uplifting to all who watch, and Fred's song is even available on iTunes!…

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My Sheltie, My Sheltie

I was about 12 years old in the late seventies and being raised by my hard of hearing grandmother. We lived in a small twelve foot by thirty foot trailer. A few blocks from my home was a small pet store that was owned by an old widowed German woman. She had a very kind heart and loved animals. Most…

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A Vicious Cycle Broken

My mother was not the best example to look up to for guidance. She did not know or understand how to be a good mother, friend, or nurturer. I have devoted my life to changing the cycle of failure and being the best mother and friend to my children, Krestain and Kristian, that I possibly could be. They have changed…

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Freedom

Every time I look at myself and think on how much I've gone through, I still hardly believe that I have become the strong person that I am now. The biggest factor I'd like to consider is my relationship with my father. I learned to stand on my own, make decisions on my own because he let me do it.…

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Devoted Mother.

Growing up has always been a struggle. Ever since I was a baby, my Mom has been nothing but a loving single mother. When she got pregnant with me, she was working on her Masters in Graphic Design at a college in Chicago, Illinois (which is where I was born). Even before that famous day on November 5, 1992 when…

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Read Everyday Hero Stories About Devotion

Everyday Hero: Brittany

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My hero it's my five year old daughters mom. She's my hero cause I had a big fall I'm still climbing up from and she puts my kid first. She is the best babies mom I could ask for.

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Everyday Hero: Sarah

My grandmother is the total embodiment of love, patience and kindness. When my parents abandoned me at a very young age, she didn't think twice about caring for me. She made sure all my needs were met, loved me when I was unlovable, and believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. I'm truly blessed and grateful for such…

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Everyday Hero: Jason L.

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Jason L. Russo is my hero in life and in the legal world I was falsely dragged into. Jason has been the light at the end of a tunnel of darkness and the most wonderful attorney I have ever met. He is extremely hardworking, dedicated, reliable, honest, and more importantly - he is a kind person at heart. His character…

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Everyday Hero: Bob

Bob was killed at war in October 1967. Bob was not only my older brother, he was my idol. A friend to many, smart, athletic, active volunteer, good-looking. An ROTC student in college, he responded to his country's call and stood tall and sacrificed for me and all of us just two months before coming home. We mourn and love…

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Everyday Hero: Mike

My hero is also my best friend! He has been there for me through the roughest times of my life,times when my own immediate family walked out on me,and I was left to fend for myself. He not only taught me what true,unconditional love is,but he has SHOWN me! There have been times that I have done him so wrong,and…

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Everyday Hero: Griffiths

In my life there really has not been too many people that I have been able to look up to. However, there are two people who always meant the world to me, my grandfather and grandmother. Both were amazing human beings who cared more about others then they did about themselves. I never realized the magnitude of true love until…

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Everyday Hero: Richard

My husband, Richard, will always be my hero. We will soon celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary and during these years he has never failed to be by my side. About ten years into our marriage my health took a downward spiral and I had to stop working. I had held a job all my life so admitting that I could…

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Everyday Hero: Mike

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My dad is my personal hero. The image provided is a picture of him earlier this year (2013) with my niece flying a kite together. He was filled with love and life while he was with us. He passed away on September 12, 2013 from a motorcycle wreck. He always had time to spend with his family as has inspired…

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Everyday Hero: Julie

Throughout life, we all run into people that we consider are heroes. A hero is someone who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal. Someone that I consider to be a hero is my Young Life leader, Julie Guinsler. Julie is someone that I can…

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Everyday Hero: Belinda

Belinda is a caring person who tries to be with her family as much as she can. She is a strong,independent woman. She works at The Department of Children and Families because she is caring.

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Everyday Hero: Frances

Since today is Mother's Day, I thought it would be fitting to talk about a hero in my life. My mother has the biggest heart out of anyone I know. Despite various tragedies that have happened throughout her life she has always believed in putting other people first. Her mother passed away when she was young, and from that day…

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Everyday Hero: You

You are my here because when I first saw some commercials and a few billboards I thought it was just some small little thing, but when I went onto the website I saw it was so much more. I saw that it was a website that tells real life stories and quotes of people who learn to find that “silver…

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Everyday Hero: George

My dad is my hero. He used to carry me on his back to bed and read me a story--every night. He taught me how to fish in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. He was always patient and understanding. He just loved me. He provided for our family, he put me through college, and anytime I needed a little…

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Everyday Hero: Linda

Linda has always been an inspiration to me but in the past three years she has also become my hero. Her husband, Brad, was diagnosed with ALS a little over 3 years ago. Linda is a very faith-filled person and has used this faith to help her with the challenges of the disease as well as continuing to raise four…

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Everyday Hero: Richard

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Richie has dedicated his time repeatedly to serving the Veterans of our community through over 260 hours of Community Service in 2013. He is a Young Marine as well and has pushed to help bring down the Drug usage in his community. Richie is a fine example of our youth working for something better always. This past year while serving…

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Everyday Hero: Stephen

In March 2002, I was to have a surgery and stay over one night. I ended up in ICU for 17 weeks. I then spent many months in rehab. My health never improved to any great level, and after many therapies and procedures, it was determined that I needed another surgery. In August 2007 I went in again with the…

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This was amazing
glenn 3 months ago from Lacey WA

Devotion = one portion endurance, one portion tenacity, one portion patience, and the largest portion is love.
Sonia Alexandria 6 months ago from Berlin, MD

Devotion is doing even when we don't feel like it.
Bruce Willingham about 2 years ago from Warner Robins, Ga

I think that devotion is important because if you were Shawn Johnson or some other famous person, you need to devote yourself to something and work hard you can do it. Without devotion, people wouldn't be where they were today.
Kathryn V about 4 years ago from Mingo IA

You should trust your self no matter what you do.You should believe in yourself.
Angel D almost 5 years ago from Granada East

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