WPSU’s This I Believe / Personal Philosophies and Core Values
Tell us the personal philosophy and core values that guide your daily life and hear stories from others.
This I Believe is based on the 1950s radio program of the same name and the media project (launched in 2005) from This I Believe, Inc. and Atlantic Public Media. WPSU invites you, as a central Pennsylvania resident, whatever your background, to speak out.
I am not an artist. Whatever gene my children inherited that allows them to draw, sing, write poetry or play music came from somewhere else on the family tree. Yet I learned early on everyone can enjoy art, even those of us with limited natural talent.
I believe in telling stories. Stories establish legacies and immortalize memories. Stories explain beyond what we see on the surface.
“You got time to lean, you got time to clean.” That was my boss’s favorite motivational quote. I started working at Leo’s Steak Shop when I was 14. The small kitchen was unbearably hot at times, and the walk to the freezer 40 feet out back was unbearably cold at times. But just as fast as…
With all due respect to the more serious nature of most “This I Believe” essays… I believe I’ll have a beer! If you enjoy sharing a crisp, hoppy pils with your friends and neighbors, then I raise a glass to you!
I just made it over the last hill. The hardest part is over and it’s exhilarating. My cheeks are red, but my breathing is leveling off. I can feel my bangs flying out of my headband. I try to focus on my feet hitting the ground at a consistent “step step, step step” pace.
When I was a couple of months old, I had pneumonia and I stopped breathing. My mom called for an ambulance and immediately began to pray. The ambulance arrived minutes later, and the EMT performed CPR on me. That day, I was the first baby the EMT had ever “brought back to life.”
I look down at the screen of my ringing iPhone and it clearly states that the caller is my best friend of eight years, Chelsey. I have some time to chat between classes, but as usual, instead of picking it up, I let it ring, ring, ring until it goes into voicemail.
Many people say “I’ll believe it when I see it,” But I believe touching things is what makes them real: Feeling the water soak into my shoes after I step into a puddle Makes the rain real. Brushing my fingers over the imprints of the words pressed into a friend’s letter Makes their meanings real. Compressing…
WPSU invites you, as a central Pennsylvania resident, whatever your background, to speak out. Tell us the personal philosophy and core values that guide your daily life.