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This I Believe… Wayne Epps



How you act in a crisis shows who you really are. It is easy to be nice and friendly in good and stress-free times. Putting on a smile does not take much. But, when faced with a struggle or crisis, the layer of personality that one shows on a normal day-to-day basis washes away and a person’s true colors show.

I believe that a person’s true colors can be the same as that everyday layer of personality. But sometimes, people change others’ opinions of them when they act in a negative way during a crisis.

In good times, a friend can be by your side and seemingly loyal. But what happens when the two of you are caught doing something bad? Will your friend desert you? What happens when you need a hand in a rough time? Will your friend offer theirs?

The only way to find out is to go through something like that. I believe that relationships become stronger when people go through a crisis and learn that the character that they believed someone possessed all along was the real thing.

When faced with a crisis, don’t be the one who was a disappointment. The one who destroyed the person that people thought you were. No. Be the one with good character. The one who allowed others to prove themselves right about you. The one who lent a hand, the one who stayed by their side, the one whose true colors showed brightly, and people were happy to see them.

This I believe: How you act in a crisis shows who you really are.

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    Jamar JohnsonNov 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    This is a total truth thaat can be applied to everyone in the world. Whenever criminals are caught and asked to give up their partners, are they considered a good friend for not ratting them out? This is definitely a time that shows whether your accomplice is a true person. Sure they get less time in the joint but thats no excuse to turn in a friend. Or is it?

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    Carrie YoungNov 5, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I totally agree with the statement that you made. When you are encountering a crisis, you are thinking about the situation and how to fix it; not on how you come off as. It is surprising when you find out how people really are.

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    Unique LarryOct 29, 2010 at 7:39 am

    I absolutely love this article because it tells you the truth and I agree a lot of people do change during a crisis and quite a few do turn their backs but in the end you learn who will help you get up once you have fallen. Which makes the bond between you and that person that much stronger.

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    Diana O.Oct 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    In the time of crisis better yet a spontaneous event shows your true character. Relationships are shown, built or torn down by crisis. This just goes to show your character is inevitable to hide in the time of crisis. This article applies to all sports. For instance we are all happy when were winning but if we about to get knocked out district playoff and someone screws up do we blame that one person or stick together in the crisis. I have seen many people’s character change because of a “crisis”.
    By the Way: Great article Wayne 100% agreement.

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    Devan AndrewsOct 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I truly know this feeling, because whenever my friends need me, I try my best to be there for them. Even if they have done something terrible, I always try to be there for them. Loyalty is a hard thing to find nowadays, and to find someone who will stick by you until the end is an even rarer sight.

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    Joi HammOct 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Yes, when it comes to unplanned events, as a person you have to react fast. Someones true personality tends to come out during that time as a result. When it comes to a time of a crisis you can tell if someone is caring, heroic, selfish, or protective. Either way, under bad circumstances it is easy to see through someone.

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    Haseena Abdur-RahmanOct 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I love what you are saying. I agree completly. When people unite during a state of hardship, their relationship becomes stronger. In addition,a positive impact will always occur when you stay true to yourself and keep good character. This is a really good example of how to behave in a difficult situation.

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    Rachel WaymackOct 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Wayne, i completly agree with what you say about relationships being strengthened through a crisis if both parties stick together. I think that a crisis can actually be what does the most to bring people together and build relationships if they stand by each other through the crisis. The opposite, the destruction of the relationship, can also easily happen if one deserts the other in their time of need.

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    Joshua KentOct 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Wayne, you bring up a really good point. I think your article can be applied to almost everyone at PGHS. I doubt there is a single person who walks those hallways that hasn’t had a rough time in thier life and the person they thought was thier friend either left them in the dust or stuck out a hand to help them back on their feet. Your article has actually made me look back and think about those friends who lent me a helping hand, and for that I want to say thanks.

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    Joseph P.Oct 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I think this article totally goes along with football. When you’re winning, everyone is happy and everything is great. But when something goes wrong, do you start pointing fingers? Do you blame others, put them down? Do you have a total breakdown of character and do something you regret? Anyone with good character would not do any of these things. My opinion on specific players on our team come from how they reacted in tough situations we have been through.

    Great article Wayne, keep it up!