Ye be in'ited t'contribute by writin' an' submittin' yer own statement o'personal belief. T' guide ye through this process, consider these suggestions:

Tell a story: Be specific. Take yer belief out o'ye ether an' ground it in ye e'ents o'yer life. Consider moments when belief was formed or tested or changed. Think o'yer own experience, work an' family, an' tell o't' thin's ye know that no 'un else does. Yer story need not be heart-warmin' or gut-wrenchin' – it can even be funny – but it should be real. Make sure yer story ties t'yonder essence o'yer daily life philosophy an' t'shapin' o'yer beliefs.

Be brief: Yer statement should be between 350 an' 500 words. That’s about three minutes when read aloud at yer natural pace.

Name yer belief: If ye can’t name it in a sentence or two, yer essay might not be about belief. Also, rather than writin' a list, consider focusin' on a core belief, because three minutes be a very short time.

Be positi'e: Please a'oid preachin' or editorializin'. Tell us wha' ye do belie'e, not wha' ye don’t belie'e. A'oid speakin' in ye editorial “we.” Make yer essay about ye; speak in ye first landlubber – “I”.

Be personal: Write in words an' phrases that be comfortable fer ye t'speak. Read yer essay aloud t'yerself se'eral times, an' each time edit it an' simplify it until ye find t'words, tone, an' story that truly echo yer belief an' t'way ye speak.

“Ne'er has yonder need fer personal philosophies o'this kind been so urgent.” – Edward R. Murrow

Extra credit: record yer essay as an audio podcast an' upload it t'yer blog.

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