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Today, during a discussion with my father about personal growth, he said, “Remember, the acquisition of knowledge doesn't mean you're growing. Growing happens when what you know changes how you live.” MMT

#12744 (0) - Feb 12, 2011 by devon2u - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (978) - No, that made me sleepy. (77)

Today, during a suicide awareness discussion at school most of the students were being obnoxious and joking around about suicide. A guy who sits in the back of the class, who happens to be a well respected athlete on the football team, walked to the front of the class and rolled up his shirt sleeves to show everyone the old scars on his wrists. He said, “This stuff isn’t funny! There was a time when I was younger when I almost gave up.” His bold courage MMT.

#12743 (3) - Feb 12, 2011 by pressly - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (1981) - No, that made me sleepy. (50)

Today she died when her car crashed through a guardrail on a bridge and plummeted 200 feet into the river below. Everyone is calling it a “tragic accident.” But yesterday she told me she was "tired of life" and wanted to “drive her car off a bridge.” I didn’t think she meant it literally. No one knows this but me. I don’t know what to do. MMT

#12727 (12) - Feb 11, 2011 by Anonymous - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (2335) - No, that made me sleepy. (39)

Today, in the poor third world country where my family lives, a street child knocked on my car window begging for food. I gave the little girl a granola bar. She said, “Thank you,” and then immediately handed it to her little brother who was skin and bones. As I drove off I watched in my rearview mirror as she rubbed his back while he ate. MMT

#12726 (3) - Feb 11, 2011 by Reese - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (1482) - No, that made me sleepy. (33)

Today, a sophomore at my high school who has Cerebral Palsy celebrated his 16th birthday. In the cafeteria at lunchtime a few of his friends put a candle in a cupcake and started singing “Happy Birthday” to him. By the time they got to the end of the song, almost every single student in the entire cafeteria was looking his way and singing to him. MMT

#12710 (6) - Feb 10, 2011 by MMsmile - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1307) - No, that made me sleepy. (121)

Today, just like every morning, our high school janitor stands at the front door of the school with a big smile across his face for roughly 20 minutes just before the bell rings and says, “It’s a beautiful morning! Make it a great day!” to every single student who walks past him. MMT

#12709 (2) - Feb 10, 2011 by happyfeet - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (2957) - No, that made me sleepy. (76)

Today, at the age of 30 I’ve been happily married to my second husband, Mark, for almost 4 years. My first husband, Kevin, was one of the first soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2003. I still wear the wedding band Kevin gave me right next to the wedding band Mark gave me. I do it to honor his life. But what most people find surprising is that Mark fully supports me in doing so, and even got Kevin’s ring engraved with “Rest in peace, hero.” MMT

#12693 (6) - Feb 9, 2011 by Loveyouuuu - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (2210) - No, that made me sleepy. (48)

Today, my husband ran into our house after work without his coat on. “What happened to your coat?” I asked. He grinned and pointed out the window. The homeless lady who regularly hangs out and sleeps in park across the street from our house was wearing his coat. MMT

#12692 (1) - Feb 9, 2011 by chica - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1097) - No, that made me sleepy. (38)

Today, when I told him to stay out of my business, he said “No!” I said, “Who do you think you are?” He said, “I’m your friend. I’m the one who gets upset when I hear you got drunk again. I’m the one who cries with you when you tell me about the nights when you cut yourself. I’m the one who smiles when he sees you smile. I’m someone who cares.” MMT

#12676 (4) - Feb 8, 2011 by thankful - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1548) - No, that made me sleepy. (161)

Today, a month after the car accident that almost claimed his life, he told me that the rude and ignorant comments he’s overhears people say about the burn scars on his cheek and neck always hurt worse than the accident did by itself. MMT

#12675 (2) - Feb 8, 2011 by mike - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1575) - No, that made me sleepy. (37)

Today, I learned the hard way that the worst part of keeping an intimate relationship a secret from your family and friends is that when your beloved dies in a car accident, you’re not supposed to cry. MMT

#12659 (6) - Feb 7, 2011 by anon - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (2513) - No, that made me sleepy. (69)

Today, my mother’s 20 years of smoking cigarettes is finally catching up with her. Every time I hear the unhealthy gurgle of her coughing, I cringe and cry on the inside. And she knows it. But she doesn’t quit. And now that I’m pregnant, I just hope she’s around long enough for my son to remember her smile. MMT

#12658 (3) - Feb 7, 2011 by casey - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1079) - No, that made me sleepy. (54)

Today, after I told my homeroom teacher that my family is struggling financially and that we have nothing we can give to charity this year, she said, “If you're breathing, you have something to give.” MMT

#12642 (4) - Feb 6, 2011 by wakeup - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1040) - No, that made me sleepy. (235)

Today, my grandfather told me that “A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often and realize how fortunate you are right now.” MMT

#12641 (1) - Feb 6, 2011 by scarletto - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1061) - No, that made me sleepy. (66)

Today, as I cried alone in my apartment, my best friend wrote this on my Facebook wall: “It wasn’t meant to be. But just think, the guy you will fall in love with, marry and have kids with is walking the planet at this very moment. And even though neither of you know it yet, you both already share certain qualities and personality traits that will someday catch each other’s attention and ignite this amazing love.” MMT

#12625 (5) - Feb 5, 2011 by Icryatnight - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1365) - No, that made me sleepy. (275)

Today, I spent my 40th birthday in the emergency room praying for my son’s life. I’m still here waiting for an answer. MMT

#12624 (4) - Feb 5, 2011 by mom - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1281) - No, that made me sleepy. (62)

Today, my dad – the most frugal person I know – tipped the bag boy at the grocery store $10. When I asked him how that gesture fits in with this frugal way of living, he said, “Frugality isn’t just about spending less money, it’s about spending money on the right things. Did you see that kid’s smile? That was $10 well spent.” MMT

#12608 (2) - Feb 4, 2011 by Alec - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1671) - No, that made me sleepy. (33)

Today, for the first time in almost 3 years, I ate a chocolate chip cookie – one of my childhood favorites. I’ve been battling anorexia for a long time now, but I’m finally close to the point of beating it. And let me tell you, that cookie never tasted so good. MMT

#12607 (6) - Feb 4, 2011 by loga - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (1761) - No, that made me sleepy. (109)

Today, after they detained me and took my passport at the airport security checkpoint for “looking different than my passport picture,” the Korean police officer noticed me crying and brought me a juice box and a candy bar from his bagged lunch. MMT

#12591 (3) - Feb 3, 2011 by mademesmile - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (3335) - No, that made me sleepy. (100)

Today, the four of us laughed together for almost three straight hours as we reminisced about good times in a conversation that began in my dad’s hospital room after his doctor said, "Your cancer is spreading. There’s not much more we can do." MMT

#12590 (2) - Feb 3, 2011 by Alison - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (1556) - No, that made me sleepy. (32)

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