Experience

“Strength Is the Hallmark of Youth”

Nefertiti Morris creates a harmonious family by changing herself first. by Nefertiti Morris BLOOMINGTON, IND. I was attending Indiana University in 2004, when my mother and four of her children moved in with me and my college roommate….

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A Champion Perseveres

by Michael Somsan GILBERT, ARIZ. Two decades after a tragic attack left him blind, Michael Somsan reflects on how his Buddhist practice gave him the courage and confidence to rebuild his life in unimaginable ways—as a father, attorney…

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The Spirit to Serve Others by Brandon Nicholson

Growing up, Oakland Children’s Hospital was my second home. As a baby, I experienced the first of 22 ear infections, which required multiple surgeries. At age 2, I developed seizures after my mom and I were broadsided in a car accident. I took seizure…

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Winning the Trust of Others by Leah Damiani

I grew up in the oil refinery town of Farmington, N.M., with an Italian father and Ghanaian mother. My parents bickered and yelled constantly at each other, and I came to adopt these same angry, confrontational traits. I…

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On the Stage of My Mission by Josh Joffee

In 2001, I became a first-grade teacher at a New York City public school. A senior teacher told me that I could expect a “honeymoon period,” where students are on their best behavior for the first week or…

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