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Today, when my grandmother caught me crying about the bullies in school who call me names, she said, “Honey, don't let people who mean nothing to you bring you down. Focus on those who love you, forget the ones who don't.” MMT

#17549 (2) - Apr 30, 2013 by ana - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (360) - No, that made me sleepy. (55)

Today, when I told my dad that I feel like we argue too often, he said, “You get in the biggest fights with the people you care about the most, because they are the only relationships you're willing to fight for.” MMT

#17548 (3) - Apr 30, 2013 by ivan86a - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (475) - No, that made me sleepy. (29)

Today, I met a young man at on the summit of a 12,500 foot hike who had been born with no hands or feet. I was in awe as he used special boots to climb and crawl up to different lookout points just as fast as the rest of us. MMT

#17545 (0) - Apr 28, 2013 by Bradee - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (360) - No, that made me sleepy. (13)

Today, my daughter, who struggled with a learning disability in grade school that gave her serious problems with reading comprehension, graduated with honors from the College of Engineering at UC Berkley with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. MMT

#17544 (0) - Apr 28, 2013 by starlight5 - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (523) - No, that made me sleepy. (19)

Today, when my older brother told me he was ready to take a leave of absence at his job to pursue his music career full-time, I told him I thought it was a risky move in this economy. “What if you fail?” I asked. “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something… but I can't accept not trying,” he said. MMT

#17543 (1) - Apr 27, 2013 by jasonjazz - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (537) - No, that made me sleepy. (27)

Today, after talking for an hour with my 75-year-old mom about letting go of my failed marriage, that last thing she said before we hung up was, “In the end, only three things matter: How much you loved, how tenderly you lived, and how gracefully you let go of the things that were meant for you.” MMT

#17542 (0) - Apr 27, 2013 by Ace - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (383) - No, that made me sleepy. (15)

Today, it’s been exactly 25 years since my husband risked his life and carried his female neighbor out of a college apartment complex as it burned to the ground. And that’s how I met my husband. MMT

#17538 (0) - Apr 25, 2013 by kayaa - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (621) - No, that made me sleepy. (32)

Today, I was knocked off my bicycle by a car in a hit and run accident. I live in an orphanage and no one thought to come to the hospital to see if I was okay. But when I woke up this evening, my favorite teacher who teaches my 7th grade Algebra class was waiting for me to wake-up. MMT

#17533 (3) - Apr 22, 2013 by megs - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (758) - No, that made me sleepy. (17)

Today, like every school day, during our physical education class, regardless of the sport being played, the fastest runner at our school (a state champion sprinter) ran beside and assisted his disabled cousin who suffers from a spinal dysfunction that reduces the mobility of his body. MMT

#17532 (0) - Apr 22, 2013 by Stone - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (436) - No, that made me sleepy. (13)

Today, almost a full year after chemo, my hair is finally starting to grow back. And I'm still in the clear my doctors say. Second chances MMT.

#17531 (0) - Apr 21, 2013 by healingslowly - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (427) - No, that made me sleepy. (9)

Today, I realized that for every one person that sees me as "the blind girl" there are ten that see me as the fun, outgoing, completely normal sixteen year old girl that I am. I love every one of the people who love me just the way I am. They MMT.

#17530 (2) - Apr 21, 2013 by MJ - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (383) - No, that made me sleepy. (18)

Today, my best friend finally took his first few unassisted steps since the shooting in Aurora. MMT

#17528 (0) - Apr 20, 2013 by daventry - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (607) - No, that made me sleepy. (12)

Today, on my 85th birthday, and for the 65th time, I read the suicide note I wrote when I was 20-years-old. I never followed through with it, thankfully. I read the note every year on April 20th - the day I wrote the letter - to remind myself of everything I would have missed. MMT

#17527 (1) - Apr 20, 2013 by Baker - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (675) - No, that made me sleepy. (10)

Today, one of my students who has been cutting himself for at least the last year as he dealt with depression from his parent’s divorce, left an envelope with several razorblades on my desk as he walked out of my class. There was also a note in the envelope that read, “Thank you Mr. K. Our afternoon chats over the last few months helped me realize I don’t need these anymore.” MMT

#17526 (2) - Apr 19, 2013 by MrK - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (751) - No, that made me sleepy. (12)

Today, our retired next-door neighbor has been paying our rent for the last three months since my single mom lost her suddenly in a layoff. He has pretty much singlehandedly kept a roof over our heads and food on our table. MMT

#17525 (0) - Apr 19, 2013 by Baxt - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (564) - No, that made me sleepy. (8)

Today, when a confused elderly man got onto our school bus this afternoon, our bus driver spoke with him, realized he was lost and meant to get on the city bus, but drove him five blocks down the road to where he needed to go anyway. MMT

#17524 (0) - Apr 18, 2013 by SetMeFree - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (528) - No, that made me sleepy. (14)

Today, I was only a mile down the street from the marathon explosions. I've always been to afraid to give blood but the marathon runners who crossed the finish line only to keep running to Boston hospitals to give blood for the injured really MMT.

#17519 (2) - Apr 16, 2013 by Sadday - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (548) - No, that made me sleepy. (8)

Today, my 89-year-old grandpa is sick in the hospital. It’s likely that these are the last days of his life. Thankfully he’s not in pain, and in fairly good spirits. This evening he hugged me and said, “After you graduate high school this year your options are nearly endless. Promise that you will create a life that feels right to you, not one that looks right to everyone else.” MMT

#17514 (0) - Apr 14, 2013 by RBE - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (609) - No, that made me sleepy. (11)

Today, I am widely accepted and respected at school. I have a mild case of autism, and I used to get teased constantly. But then the captain of our football team, Jason, started eating lunch with me out of the blue about two years ago. My entire social life changed. This is our senior year, and he’s even invited me to every graduation party/function the popular kids attend. I know I’m not one of them, but what he did for me still MMT.

#17513 (3) - Apr 14, 2013 by Kat - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (707) - No, that made me sleepy. (19)

Today is the 10-year anniversary of the day my dad was given a clean bill of health after nearly a year of chemotherapy. It’s also the 10-year anniversary of the day he registered and started his own business building and selling custom motorcycles – something he had talked about doing since he was a kid. I remember his saying that he didn’t want to die with this dream still in him. And today the business is thriving. MMT

#17511 (0) - Apr 13, 2013 by bogie - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (373) - No, that made me sleepy. (8)

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