NPR has a great series called This I Believe where people — famous and not famous — write and read essays about their personal convictions. It’s moving, it’s inspiring.
Andrew Sullivan, the public intellectual whose blog I read for its ceaseless intelligent commentary, has a truly wonderful "This I Believe" essay. Listen to the audio for full effect (British accent) and then read it in text and parse his words carefully. I love it.
When I have time I will try to record my own This I Believe piece.