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Today, it’s been almost 20 years since she lost her hearing when she was 17-years-old. When she came into my apartment this evening and looked at my stereo, she told me her favorite song is “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, and that she still loves the song today. She said she can hear the harmonies in her mind and feel the beep under her skin. And then, almost flawlessly, she sang the first two verses to me as we slow danced in the living room. MMT

#17886 (1) - Dec 31, 2013 by Tonyy - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (361) - No, that made me sleepy. (29)

Today, in downtown Chicago, I saw a homeless man help a young man in a business suit after he slipped on ice and landed hard on his back. The homeless man helped the young man up and then collected the papers that had fallen out of the young man’s briefcase. Both men then stood their talking to each other for a couple minutes, and then the young man took off his heavy leather jacket and handed it to the homeless man just before jumping in a cab. MMT

#17885 (0) - Dec 30, 2013 by sammi - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (463) - No, that made me sleepy. (12)

Today, ten years after we had a silly one-night stand at a high school graduation party in San Francisco, and two years after we randomly ran into each other at a business conference in Miami (after not seeing each other since the graduation party), I asked her to marry me in Chicago. And she said, “Yes!” MMT

#17884 (0) - Dec 29, 2013 by engaged - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (337) - No, that made me sleepy. (81)

Today, I read the final entry in my mom’s journal that she wrote over the past year as she slowly lost her battle with cancer. It simply reads: “You can’t force things to happen the way you want them to. You can only drive yourself crazy trying. At some point you have to let go and let what's meant to be, BE.” MMT

#17883 (0) - Dec 28, 2013 by sp - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (340) - No, that made me sleepy. (12)

Today, as I rested my head on my father’s shoulder and cried about the stress I’m dealing with in school – my grades, the bullies, my anxieties, etc. – my dad rubbed my back and said, “Jamie, you have to remember that happiness begins to arrive when you stop over-thinking your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don't have.” MMT

#17882 (1) - Dec 27, 2013 by jamie - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (367) - No, that made me sleepy. (27)

Today, Christmas came and went and I didn’t even realize it. That’s because Christmas doesn't come when you're sitting in a hospital room praying that your only son wakes up from a coma. MMT

#17881 (1) - Dec 26, 2013 by waiting - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (406) - No, that made me sleepy. (24)

Today, the local charity representative that has been collecting money outside the supermarket where I work told me that so far this holiday season he has received “significantly more” donations from teenagers and young adults than he has from older generations. MMT

#17880 (0) - Dec 25, 2013 by roney44 - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (338) - No, that made me sleepy. (13)

Today, as I struggled with last minute shopping lists and holiday travel plans, compounded by December’s frigid weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in my life who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom I am worth the same. MMT

#17879 (1) - Dec 24, 2013 by len - Happy - Yes, that made me think too! (242) - No, that made me sleepy. (58)

Today, at 7-Eleven, a young kid begged his father who was in front of me in line for two quarters. His father gave him four quarters. The kid then quickly walked up to the counter and placed each quarter, one at a time, into a donation cup that said, “Buy a hungry child a meal this holiday season.” MMT

#17878 (0) - Dec 23, 2013 by GB - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (401) - No, that made me sleepy. (15)

Today, I found out that due to a cervical infection I’d never be able to bear my own children. For as long as I can remember, I never thought I wanted kids, but this afternoon I found myself crying as I watched my neighbor’s children playing outside. I just never imagined I wouldn't have a choice. MMT

#17877 (0) - Dec 22, 2013 by marcy - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (382) - No, that made me sleepy. (31)

Today, as he rocked back and forth in his rocking chair, I asked my grandfather why he didn’t ask for anything from anyone this year for Christmas. He smiled and replied, “ I think as you grow older, your Christmas list gets smaller and the things you really want for the holidays can't be bought.” MMT

#17876 (0) - Dec 21, 2013 by icandream - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (348) - No, that made me sleepy. (16)

Today, in South Congress (a hippie part of town in Austin), my car broke down in the middle of the street. A homeless man who had been resting nearby helped me push my car into a parking lot. Then, after telling him that my mobile phone was dead, he dug into his pocket and gave me 50 cents so I could use the pay phone across the street to call my roommate. MMT

#17875 (1) - Dec 20, 2013 by dreamer - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (426) - No, that made me sleepy. (15)

Today, I went out to lunch with my dad and he randomly stopped at a farmer’s market on the way home to get my mom flowers and homemade chocolates. “Why now?” I asked. “Why not now? If not now, then when? Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to us.” he replied. And then I suddenly remembered that my mom was my dad’s second wife. His first wife passed away in a car accident sometime before their first wedding anniversary. MMT

#17874 (0) - Dec 19, 2013 by madrunner - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (451) - No, that made me sleepy. (16)

Today, even though the situation still breaks my heart, as I chatted with my ex-wife and her new wife, I realized deep down that I am happy for them. MMT

#17873 (6) - Dec 18, 2013 by MrBlack - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (334) - No, that made me sleepy. (37)

Today, after I pulled her out of her smashed, burning Mustang, I held her in my arms on the side of the road, crying and telling her it would be OK… just before she took her last breath as the ambulance pulled up. I had never met her before she ran that red light and slammed her car into the side of my tow truck. MMT

#17872 (1) - Dec 17, 2013 by walle - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (421) - No, that made me sleepy. (24)

Today, I ran into an old high school student of mine at the doctor’s office. She dropped out of my Calculus 2 class to have a baby when she was a Junior. I felt horrible for her at the time, because I knew how smart she was. I thought she was wasting her intelligence. I ran into her at the doctor’s today because she is now my grandson’s pediatrician. MMT

#17871 (2) - Dec 16, 2013 by MrA - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (672) - No, that made me sleepy. (16)

Today at the JFK airport, as I walked off a plane dressed in my Marine Corps uniform, a very young boy grabbed my hand and asked me if I would be going back overseas soon. I told him I was home for the holidays and would returning overseas next month. He smiled and said, “Can you tell my dad that I love him. Mommy says he’s never coming home from there.” MMT

#17870 (1) - Dec 15, 2013 by familyguy - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (829) - No, that made me sleepy. (22)

Today, as I was staring at the bottle of Percocet and the tall glass of water next to it, crying and seriously contemplating swallowing every pill at once to end my pain for good, my little brother called me in a panic to tell me that he was involved in a bad accident and needed my help immediately. He saved my life today and he has no idea. MMT

#17869 (2) - Dec 14, 2013 by thankyoubro - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (367) - No, that made me sleepy. (18)

Today, I’m pretty sure he would still be alive if I hadn’t told him I was busy when he called me crying and told me he needed to talk to me. I was in the middle of three things at work, so promised him I’d call him back later. I just didn’t realize where his mind was… and that there wouldn’t be a later. MMT

#17868 (2) - Dec 13, 2013 by lacey - Sad - Yes, that made me think too! (400) - No, that made me sleepy. (18)

Today, my grandfather is donating the kidney that my grandmother desperately needs in order to live. They have been divorced for nearly 40 years. MMT

#17867 (0) - Dec 12, 2013 by sibees - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (594) - No, that made me sleepy. (21)

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