This I Believe

McVey, James Lewis

  • James McVey refelcts on vlaues as he matures and makes note of the ones that remain firm, such as the Golden Rule, and tells how happiness is the fruit of a simple life.
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And now, This I Believe. Here is Edward R. Murrow.
This I Believe. James Lewis McVey is an insurance broker who was born in Philadelphia, educated at the University of Pennsylvania and has conducted an insurance business in Independence Square ever since. During the war he served in the Coast Guard and became a Lieutenant Commander. Married with four children, he has been a supporter of child welfare groups in Philadelphia. Here now are the personal beliefs of James Lewis McVey.
When one reaches middle age, there is more time to reflect and more to look back on. It's like being on top of a high hill and overlooking the view. You have climbed up the slope of life a good distance and looked
back upon the path that led you to your present landmark. You have slipped, possibly fallen, recovered yourself, and continued. Beliefs, then, are part of the landscape on your journey through life. Some recede; others are shaken but remain; and some, like peaks, stand out, fixed and firm.
My father and mother gave my sister and myself a good, happy home, and they practiced their religious beliefs. I was brought up by the Golden Rule--"Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you"--in which, I completely believe. I have tried to abide by it, but at times, it is difficult to turn that other cheek. There is many a slip, but while there's life, there's hope.
I was brought up in my youth to believe that material gain is not necessarily a symbol of success, nor did it bring happiness. This I still believe. During my early business years, as depression came, it was clear that many homes were built upon such sandy soil, that crumpled in confusion and despair. So I believe that as long as you can supply the necessities of life, protect your family in sickness, educate your children and give them some earthly pleasure, you have done a good job.
I think that sometimes we busy ourselves in worrying about possibilities that may or may not occur, when we could devote more time to living fully, now. We must have faith in ourselves and in our ability to deal with things as
they come. Peace of mind, to me, is essential. For me, it comes in the accomplishment of everyday, routine things, such as getting details over and finished as soon as I am able, meeting obligations as promptly as possible--in other words, just living each day through in the best way I can.
I like people, and I like to have good times with them. Good laughs are relaxing. Irritabilities vanish when enjoying people with their varied personalities and experiences. Also, I believe people to be very educational. Above all, intensive personal arguments are distasteful. I believe in avoiding them, whenever possible. Maybe
distraction, perhaps a laugh, saves many an unhappy moment. At home, with a wife and children, it is a wonderful belief to practice, because even though it is not always successful, you usually get "E" for effort.
Prayer, in good times, as well as bad; good friendships; a happy home; a smile; readiness to help others; keeping faith in yourself; a sense of humor; a sincere interest in the vocation you have chosen; not too fast a pace. None of these things bring on ulcers but contribute to a happy, healthy life. This I believe.
That was James Lewis McVey, insurance broker of Philadelphia.