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Today, I know three people who attended high school with me who committed suicide in the last ten years because they were struggling financially. MMT

#12930 (0) - Feb 23, 2011 by timebomb - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1008) - No, that made me sleepy. (93)

Today, for my 30th birthday my mom mailed me my old high school diary. She put a post-it note on it that said, “Clearing old clutter, but figured you might want this.” I flipped through it quickly until the last entry caught my attention. I don’t even remember writing it. It reads, “This is the end. I’m moving on to a new beginning. Time to follow my heart and make my dreams a reality.” And 12 years later it makes me smile because I truly am living my dream of being a professional photographer. MMT

#12914 (2) - Feb 22, 2011 by Tammy - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (1962) - No, that made me sleepy. (325)

Today, our yearbook publishers crowned me with the title, “Best Smile.” And although I’m proud that my smile has positively impacted others, more than anything I hope that someday I won’t need to fake my smile every day. MMT

#12913 (5) - Feb 22, 2011 by carly - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (1065) - No, that made me sleepy. (200)

Today, I was walking to class through a packed school hallway when I heard people making racecar noises and honking at people. As the crowd cleared I realized it was a popular senior football player and a special needs freshman who were both laughing and pretending to drive through traffic together as they dodged people. The football player was simply helping the special needs kid get to his next class. MMT

#12897 (3) - Feb 21, 2011 by Duke - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (4789) - No, that made me sleepy. (69)

Today, when I scolded her for answering her phone in the middle of my class she began crying, ran out of the classroom and didn’t return. Her father called me this afternoon to apologize on her behalf. All I can remember him saying is, “Her 9-year-old brother didn’t make it out of surgery this morning.” MMT

#12896 (1) - Feb 21, 2011 by von - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (3127) - No, that made me sleepy. (28)

Today, when I opened my store at 5AM there was an envelope sitting on the floor that someone had dropped through the mail delivery hole in the front door. In the envelope was $600 and a note that said, “Five years ago, I broke into your store at night and stole $300 worth of food. I’m sorry. I was desperate. Here’s the money with 100% interest.” Interestingly, I never reported the incident to the cops because I assumed that whoever stole the food really needed it. MMT

#12880 (4) - Feb 20, 2011 by Guy - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (2939) - No, that made me sleepy. (24)

Today, like I’ve been doing at least once a week for the last 6 months, I told her I love the artsy bracelets she wears. She always switches them up, and some of them she makes herself. But today she let me in on a secret. She lifted the bracelets to show me the scars on her wrists. She said, “I’m fine now, but there was a time when I wasn’t. I started wearing these bracelets for the wrong reasons, but now they make me smile.” MMT

#12879 (0) - Feb 20, 2011 by bestfriend - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1218) - No, that made me sleepy. (66)

Today, when the light turned green I took my foot off the brake and began to accelerate. Suddenly the woman in the car immediately to my left screamed, “STOP!” I heard her at the last second and slammed on my brakes just as an old pick-up truck blazed through the red light and across the intersection in front of me. MMT

#12863 (1) - Feb 19, 2011 by lovemylife - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (1817) - No, that made me sleepy. (58)

Today... After 12 years in NYC, despite my fear of heights, I finally took a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. I survived. Despite my fear of darkness, I sat alone this afternoon in a pitch black room for an hour just thinking. I survived. And this evening, despite my fear of being heartbroken again, when he asked me out for the 3rd time, I finally said yes. MMT

#12862 (2) - Feb 19, 2011 by gale27 - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1534) - No, that made me sleepy. (302)

Today, after 11 straight months I am finally on my way home from Iraq for good. One of my connecting flights landed in Atlanta and I barely had enough time to get to the next gate. When I got there, they informed me that the flight was overbooked and I was too late. A businesswoman who was the last person boarding the plane as I ran up to the gate overheard what happened, walked back to the gate agent and said, “Give this soldier my seat and book me on the next flight. He deserves to go home tonight.” MMT

#12846 (5) - Feb 18, 2011 by Sgt.Sosa - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (4310) - No, that made me sleepy. (88)

Today marks the 20th anniversary of my sobriety. Exactly 20 years ago tonight I went into a drunken rage and slapped my girlfriend, who is now my wife, across the face. Instead of calling the cops like she probably should have, she calmed me down and helped me to check myself into rehab. I’ve been sober ever since that night. And we now have two beautiful children together. She’ll always be my hero. MMT

#12829 (1) - Feb 17, 2011 by kurtt - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (3906) - No, that made me sleepy. (99)

Today, during a medical relief visit in a small African town, we were robbed by 5 masked men with hand carved weapons. They demanded that we give them any food we had on us. Once we tossed them the few morsels of food we had in our bags they thanked us, apologized several times and then ran off into the brush. MMT

#12828 (0) - Feb 17, 2011 by tragic - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (1831) - No, that made me sleepy. (48)

Today is the 10 year anniversary of the day I had planned on committing suicide. It’s also the 10 year anniversary of the day I found out I was pregnant with my now 9-year-old son. He’s the reason I changed my mind. He was so worth it. And now I realize I was worth it too. MMT

#12812 (4) - Feb 16, 2011 by JaneD - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1674) - No, that made me sleepy. (41)

Today, in the last few hours of her life, she told me her only regret was that she didn’t appreciate every year with the same passion and purpose that she has had in the last 2 years after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. “I’ve accomplished so much recently,” she said. “If I had only known, I would have started sooner.” MMT

#12811 (2) - Feb 16, 2011 by shine - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (1041) - No, that made me sleepy. (18)

Today, I'm happily married with a family. But I still dream about my long-term college girlfriend all the time who died in a car accident on Valentine’s Day in 2003. MMT

#12795 (1) - Feb 15, 2011 by JT - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1643) - No, that made me sleepy. (71)

Today, when he showed me the photos of the two of us he kept in his Army helmet for the last 2 years while he was overseas, I realized he’s been thinking about me as much as I’ve been thinking about him. MMT

#12794 (0) - Feb 15, 2011 by AllSmiles - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (2604) - No, that made me sleepy. (92)

Today, during my weekly visit to the nursing home to see my grandma I asked her how her week was and she said, “It was okay. Your hug got me though it.” “What hug?” I asked. “The hug you gave me last week. The hug itself may have lasted for only ten seconds, but my smile has lasted all week long.” So I gave her another big hug and setup an appointment to visit her tomorrow so she doesn’t have to wait another week. MMT

#12778 (0) - Feb 14, 2011 by jimmie - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (2443) - No, that made me sleepy. (69)

Today, for the third day in a row at the homeless shelter where I volunteer the same man has opted to give his entire portion of food to another man (his friend) who is recovering from near starvation after he became ill and immobile in an alleyway for seven full days before anyone found him. MMT

#12777 (1) - Feb 14, 2011 by hmmm... - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1425) - No, that made me sleepy. (17)

Today, on my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary my wife and I treated them out to a fancy dinner. When I asked my father to make a toast, he said “On a Friday evening roughly 51 years ago, when faced with helping one more customer who was knocking on my shop’s door or telling her that the shop was closed, I chose to help her with no way of knowing that she would be sitting at this table with me tonight.” MMT

#12761 (4) - Feb 13, 2011 by scotty - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (3177) - No, that made me sleepy. (76)

Today, my mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My parents have been fighting a lot recently because of it I think. My mom just blows up on my dad all the time. After the diagnosis, my mom cried and told my dad, “I’m sorry. I don’t know how I got this way. You probably want out of this, don’t you?” He hugged her and said, “In sickness and in health, right? We’ll get through this together.” MMT

#12760 (8) - Feb 13, 2011 by Mcgee - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1842) - No, that made me sleepy. (54)

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