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PASSION

The Reason Basketball Is A Important Aspect Of My Life

For starters, It's something I love to do and makes me happy at the same time. Ever since I seen Allen Iverson cross Tyronn Lue, I was hooked. I watched Basketball for 20 years now and it's been awesome to say the least.  My Dream was and still is to be a NBA Player.  It's been my childhood dream and when I make...

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COMPASSION

The Support They Need

Every month on the second Monday of the month, my uncle's VFW post goes to the local VA hospital to help run bingo for the veterans. I got into going at 15, and have gone every month I could since. Even days when my uncle doesn't go, and have become known amongst the veterans by name. It is also here where I...

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APPRECIATION

Loving My Parents

Growing up, i was always very grumpy and did not co-operate with anyone. Little things like people looking at me could get me angry. When someone gets to close to me, i would push them away. My mom was no exception. I didn't understand at that time how much my mom had did for me. But growing up, i realized i have...

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GIVING BACK

Sharing Your Blessings

I live in the philippines where it will be a normal site to see homeless people on the streets... Some families here get through on a dollar per day if they get lucky.. So whenever I get extra from work, i make it a point to spend a few extra thousand pesos to get some groceries such as biscuits and breads and...

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APPRECIATION

Count Your Blessings

Mom and Dad raised 8 kids. Dad was a carpenter and farmer. We always had plenty of fun and love and just enough money to get by. We had the normal trials and tribulations you would expect with such a large family. Mom and Dad are gone now and we all miss them. I remember something my Dad would say when things got...

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COMPASSION

Teaching Empathy

I am a Family Crisis Therapist in a low income suburban elementary school. I work with children in grades K - 5 who have behavior problems. I often work with the 4th and 5th grade boys on anger management and impulse control. I have found it hard to try to get them to understand how their actions affect their...

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KINDNESS

Simple Kindnesses Can Change The World

In the fall of 1974, I was beginning to realize that I’d have to make a decision about attending college or not, and if so, what college. The challenge of how to get accepted, and even more daunting, how to pay for it, hadn’t yet reached consciousness yet. I had taken the SAT during my junior year and if I...

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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

Opening My Wings

At the very beginning i couldn't tell myself that i can do a particular thing , I thought even by trying i wont be able to do it but than after sometime i started trying new things like choosing new subjects , trying out different adventurous things and especially overcoming my fears. I was pretty much scared of...

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INSPIRATION

Helping Others, One Step At A Time...

Hello, my name is Dimas Ramirez, I'm messaging you regarding my daughter Blanca Ramirez. She's 14 years old right now, but at age 11, she began to do long distance running, she knew she could do more then just run, so she decided to run a charity, she ran for Operation Smile, Operation Smile is a none profit...

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ACHIEVEMENT

A Dream Come True

When I was young, my household consisted of my mother, my grandmother, and my uncle. I had no contact with my father. My mother took a passive role in my upbringing causing my grandmother to raise me primarily. I lost her to severe pneumonia when I was 10. My mother tried to continue my grandmother's efforts;...

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BEING THERE

Cherish The Moment

I was about 8 or 9 when i first met this kid named landon. He was in my 3rd grade class he was always smiling and laughing. we became friends that year .well fast forward a few years and he is in 7th and i am in 8th. i see him the the lunch room and i never spoke to him. one time i did and he did not remember me...

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INSPIRATION

Always Finish The Race

My favorite movie of all-time is Cool Runnings. It is loosely based on the true story about the 1988 Jamaican Bobsled team who competed in the Calgary Winter Olympics. I loved it as a 12 year old kid, and always kept it as my favorite movie. It is silly, but also inspirational. When I watch the movie now, I look...

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INSPIRATION

Clean Your Cup

I recently started a new job, in a small office, where four of us share a fridge. In that fridge is a Brita water filter pitcher. One of my coworkers complained the water tasted "dirty". It went on for a few days, and she was stunned I could drink the water without any trouble. I started to doubt my taste buds,...

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GENEROSITY

Walk By "Hubcapping"

A few years ago I had purchased another car since my old one was not going to last long. I still had my old car and had not gotten rid of it yet when this happened. Each day I would drive to the next town and park my new car in a residential area and walk a few blocks to get to work. On the way, I noticed this...

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UNITY

Five And Alive

I grew up very poor and with a single mom in the throws of addiction. Often there was no money for food, and I was hungry a lot. On my fifth birthday (1986), a couple close family members were invited to go to a park to celebrate my birthday. No cake, no presents, not a problem. Except for my auntie. ...

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