In 1951, acclaimed journalist Edward R Murrow asked Americans to write essays about the guiding principles of their lives. The concept was revived in 2004 when a not-for-profit organization formed to invite Americans to share their core values. I became an active listener of “this I believe” essays on NPR in 2005. Each has touched me, and many have been “driveway moments.”
I’ve always thought I would write an essay. The other day, as I was thinking about the holiday season and what it means to me, the following kind of spilled out:
I believe in the humanity of manI believe that we all have, in our heart of hearts, the overwhelming desire to do goodI believe in loveI believe in the power of love, the power of listening and of hearingI believe in our desire to work together to make the world a better place, and to care for it for our childrenI believe there is more than one way to do everything; that collaboration & compromise is the name of the gameI believe in God. I believe your god might be different from mine but yours is just as wonderful a guiding light as mine.I believe it is my duty to help others.
It’s why I am supporting the Blue Key initiative to help the UN Refugee Agency help the 43 million people in need of food and shelter…basic necessities we take for granted.
For just $5 you can join me by purchasing a key to help these folks improve the lives of thousands.
It’s difficult for me, with a roof over my head and food on the table, to imagine a life without that. But, I am so incredibly thankful that the people in the UNHCR are there to help those in this situation.
Together we can make a difference. Together we can affect positive change. Together we can…do just about anything we want to do.
This I believe.
What do you believe?
Who are you helping this holiday season?