Have you heard of "This I Believe" radio series on NPR? I think it originates from a radio series back in the 1950's. It is simply a 350 word essay about what you believe. You can find them at this website along with directions on how to write you our own "This I Believe Essay."
I used to hear them on the radio when we lived in Texas. I used to look forward to hearing them being read in the author's own voice. Some are sad, some are inspirational, and some are just fun.
Someday soon I will submit my essay.