The Guts to Keep Going Amy Lyles Wilson helped her newly widowed mother adjust to life alone, teaching her how to do things her father had always done. It inspired Wilson's belief in "gutsy, wrinkled broads" who have the courage to carry on.
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The Guts to Keep Going

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I: I believe in figuring out my own way to confess.

I: I believe in the power of numbers.

I: I believe in barbeque.

I: Well, I believe in friendliness.

I: I believe in mankind.

I: This I believe

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Amy Lyles Wilson is our guest today. She writes about feeling a very big change through a very small moment. She's a writer and editor from Nashville, Tennessee and a student at Vanderbilt Divinity School. And she is introduced here by our series curator, Jay Allison.

JAY ALLISON: People who send us essays often ground their beliefs in what they were thought by their mothers and fathers when they were young. Amy Lyles Wilson's belief is inspired by her mother, but she acquired it only recently. Here she is with her essay for This I Believe.

AMY LYLES WILSON: There have been other challenges for my mother, of course, since my father died. From downsizing the family home to allowing a widower preacher to go Dutch with her at the Olive Garden on occasion. My mother has put one foot in front of the other with grace and fortitude.

ALLISON: the guts to keep going.

ALLISON: Amy Lyles Wilson with her essay for This I Believe. If you would like to join those who, like Wilson, have submitted essays to our series or if you want to read what others have sent in, visit NPR.org. For This I Believe, I'm Jay Allison.

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INSKEEP: The series continues Monday on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, when a man tells us what he learned to believe from his mental illness.

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