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This I Believe

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 man
I believe that we all have, in our heart of hearts, the overwhelming desire to do good
I believe in love
I believe in the power of love, the power of listening and of hearing
I believe in our desire to work together to make the world a better place, and to care for it for our children
I believe there is more than one way to do everything; that collaboration & compromise is the name of the game
I 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.

HopeIt’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?


By |2018-03-18T22:47:59+00:00December 7th, 2011|Leadership & Networking|8 Comments

About the Author:

Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA, runs a strategic communications consultancy where she helps clients understand how to integrate new media into traditional communication programs. Mary has counseled clients in Tacoma, Anchorage, San Francisco, Oregon, and Colorado for nearly 40 years working with a variety of food organizations, several agencies, and as a key team member on two successful US Senate campaigns. 


  1. Shonali December 7, 2011 at 8:03 am - Reply

    That just spilled out of you? You should spill more! That is beautiful, Mary. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • mdbarber December 7, 2011 at 8:09 am - Reply

      @Shonali You are so kind my friend. Some days I feel as though I go immediately from writer’s block to a post and others…well…those are the days we all struggle with our self-imposed commitment to post. .

  2. adubois08 December 8, 2011 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Nice. Very nice, @mdbarber Mary.

    • mdbarber December 8, 2011 at 8:02 am - Reply

      @adubois08 Thanks Anne. Really appreciate it.

  3. ReadingApps December 8, 2011 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I believe with your views! They are so true… I believe what you have said and I admire you for believing to the power of love.

    • mdbarber December 8, 2011 at 11:14 am - Reply

      @ReadingApps thank you…for reading, and for commenting.

  4. fergusonsarah December 10, 2011 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I hope this can really help a lot of people too…

    • mdbarber December 10, 2011 at 10:22 am - Reply

      @fergusonsarah I agree Sarah. Anything you can do to spread the word about the Blue Key campaign to your friends is greatly appreciated.

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