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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! (533) - 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! (381) - 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! (614) - 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! (750) - 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! (433) - 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! (425) - 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! (377) - 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! (599) - 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! (672) - 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! (744) - 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! (560) - 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! (524) - 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! (542) - 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! (607) - 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! (701) - 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! (370) - No, that made me sleepy. (8)

Today, seven years after his cancer went into remission, his entire life is different. He earned a college degree, started a successful small business, fell in love with a woman and now has a healthy one-year-old son. Every time I see him he’s smiling. And he always tells me, “I got a second chance baby! I’m living it!” MMT

#17510 (0) - Apr 12, 2013 by Hannah - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (378) - No, that made me sleepy. (11)

Today, after a brutal divorce four years ago, I find myself wrongfully doubting my boyfriend of two years on a regular basis. It creates stress in our relationship, and I know he doesn’t deserve it. When I asked my mother for advice this afternoon, she simply said, “Dear, The only way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” MMT

#17508 (3) - Apr 11, 2013 by Miaca - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (400) - No, that made me sleepy. (24)

Today, I met a woman with a prosthetic arm rock climbing a 100 foot rock wall in Joshua Tree National Park in California. MMT

#17495 (0) - Apr 5, 2013 by cincylove - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (311) - No, that made me sleepy. (14)

Today, my dad is blind. He lost his sight in IED explosion in Iraq in 2005. But that hasn’t stopped my dad from making it to every single one of my basketball games for all four years of my high school career. MMT

#17492 (0) - Apr 3, 2013 by AJ - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (577) - No, that made me sleepy. (20)

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