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Today, as we sat across from each other at the coffee shop, she reached her hand across the table and held my hand. She said, “Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey to feeling better. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours. I'm here and I'm listening.” I proceeded to spill my guts about all my fears and the reasons I haven't gotten any sleep lately. And for the first time this afternoon, I was able to sleep without tossing and turning. MMT

#17457 (0) - Mar 17, 2013 by zel - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (327) - No, that made me sleepy. (30)

Today, we celebrated my cancer’s recent remission with a vacation in the Florida Keys where we met 10 years ago. She asked me to marry her seven years ago, a day after I was diagnosed with cancer. Then she stuck with me through all of it – the ups and the downs. And now it looks like we’ll have nearly a full lifetime to enjoy each other. Life’s twists and turns MMT.

#17455 (0) - Mar 16, 2013 by Tim - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (412) - No, that made me sleepy. (11)

Today, my wife has been sober for 25 years. She stopped drinking the day she couldn’t remember giving me a black eye. It was a terrible struggle for her, but she did it. And now, after nearly 30 years of marriage, our relationship has never been stronger. MMT

#17453 (0) - Mar 15, 2013 by Arron - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (420) - No, that made me sleepy. (12)

Today, I find myself thinking back to something I saw on the local news about a year ago. A teen football player had died in a car accident. The cameras showed all his friends after the funeral - these big hulking guys, all in tears, saying, “I loved him. We all loved him so much.” I started crying, too, and I wondered if these guys had told the football player they loved him while he was alive, or whether it was only with death that this strange word, love, could be used. I vowed then and there that I would never hesitate to speak up to the people I loved. They deserved to know they gave meaning to my life. They deserved to know I thought the world of them. MMT

#17452 (4) - Mar 14, 2013 by tonig - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (453) - No, that made me sleepy. (55)

Today, as I was waiting at a red light I saw an old woman with a cane helping a young man in a wheelchair cross a street that was riddled with potholes from road construction. MMT

#17449 (0) - Mar 13, 2013 by giorgino99 - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (485) - No, that made me sleepy. (7)

Today, as I was shopping I almost walked by an old man who was standing outside in the cold weather handing out fliers. As I slowed down he told me that for a small donation he would give me a piece of his original poetry. He was saving up to have his poetry book bound and published. He was very close to making his dream come true. I gave him the spare change I had. MMT we are never too old to pursue our dreams, and the poem was beautiful.

#17447 (0) - Mar 13, 2013 by yellie_31 - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (537) - No, that made me sleepy. (15)

Today, I was in line at a hotdog stand that was selling hotdogs for charity for $2.50. A homeless man approached me and asked for a dollar toward a hotdog. I looked in my wallet and handed him a $5 bill – the smallest bill I had. He got in line behind me and bought two hotdogs. Then I watched as he excitedly gifted one to a homeless woman who was resting under a nearby tree. MMT

#17446 (0) - Mar 12, 2013 by deva - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (587) - No, that made me sleepy. (7)

Today, as I celebrate my 30th birthday and my coming out publically to all my friends and family, my 16-year-old niece sent me this text message: “I know your dealing with a lot right now, but I just want you to know that I don’t care about any of it. You love me for me, and I love you for you.” MMT

#17445 (0) - Mar 12, 2013 by Natalie - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (467) - No, that made me sleepy. (18)

Today, my biological mother who has never been a part of my life since I was born, is donating her bone marrow as often as medically possible (22 donations so far) in a selfless attempt to help save my life. MMT

#17435 (1) - Mar 7, 2013 by elsa - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (739) - No, that made me sleepy. (17)

Today, is my 17th birthday. 17 years ago my mom was told by doctors to abort her 3rd child (me) due to a high risk of complications. They told her there was a chance she could die if she gave birth. According to my dad, she told them she would rather die than not give her unborn son a chance. My mom is healthy today and so am I. But her decision will forever MMT.

#17433 (2) - Mar 6, 2013 by D2DASH - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (600) - No, that made me sleepy. (38)

Today, I was at Disney World when a blind couple was struggling to exit the Space Mountain ride. Two young teens were at the very front of the 45-minute long line when they left the line to help the couple and guide them safely through the exit. MMT

#17432 (0) - Mar 6, 2013 by oopsy - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (510) - No, that made me sleepy. (16)

Today, after doubting my acting abilities and listening to the negativity of others who kept telling me it wasn’t worth my time for nearly 15 years now, I called in sick to my job as a cook at a public high school and drove an hour south to L.A. to audition for a recurring part in a sitcom. The director called me this evening on my drive home and said he really liked my work and wants me to read more lines in his studio tomorrow afternoon. MMT

#17427 (3) - Mar 3, 2013 by Walt - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (483) - No, that made me sleepy. (60)

Today, my old boss at the depression hotline where I worked for four years when I was in college eight years ago, still forwards me a thank you email at least once every few months from a person I helped while I worked there. MMT

#17425 (1) - Mar 2, 2013 by JPiere - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (434) - No, that made me sleepy. (10)

Today, a random female student in a wheel chair offered to carry my backpack on the back of her wheelchair for me after she saw me limping out of my class with my casted, fractured ankle. She helped me all the way across campus to my car and refused any kind of compensation. MMT

#17423 (0) - Mar 1, 2013 by Fenwae - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (450) - No, that made me sleepy. (12)

Today, a homeless woman who I have seen at a few of our community outreach efforts in the last few months came into our donation office and donated a fairly well-kept pair of winter boots. She said, “I already have two other pairs, so I figured someone else probably needs these more than I do right now.” MMT

#17416 (0) - Feb 26, 2013 by Robee - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (453) - No, that made me sleepy. (10)

Today, one of my business heroes replied to an email I spent her inquiring about how she had handled all of her failures to get to where she is today. Part of her response: “I’ve fallen down hard a hundred times, at least. I’ve seen many people close to me fall flat on their faces too. Sometimes you wake right up. Sometimes it totally knocks you out. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” MMT

#17415 (1) - Feb 25, 2013 by victoria - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (346) - No, that made me sleepy. (63)

Today, my dad received the surgery he needed to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas. His health condition has kept him out of work for almost a year now. My family has been struggling to make ends meet for several months, and we were finally forced to sell our townhouse last week. We close in 12 days and had nowhere to go. My sister and I have been openly discussing my dad’s medical situation and our dilemma on Twitter and Facebook. This evening, a friend of a friend, who is a wealthy real estate investor, saw our comments and volunteered to let us stay in one of his properties rent free for the next twelve months. MMT

#17413 (0) - Feb 24, 2013 by Anon - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (668) - No, that made me sleepy. (20)

Today, a nurse named Kay gave up a planned anniversary date she had with her husband and worked three straight shifts without a break to help my son who is in the emergency room. She was the only person watching him at midnight, at which time she made emergency calls and got the doctors to order the emergency surgery that saved my son’s life. MMT

#17412 (1) - Feb 24, 2013 by Faye - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (711) - No, that made me sleepy. (8)

Today, earlier this morning, before she went into a coma that her doctors say she will not awaken from, my 88 year old mom wrote this as the final entry in her journal: “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, which makes us more worthy to be at peace as lay at our final resting place. And thankfully, I have found this peace.” MMT

#17408 (0) - Feb 22, 2013 by FinallyFree - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (484) - No, that made me sleepy. (18)

Today, a homeless man came into the homeless shelter where I volunteer two nights a week. His name is Sean and he is my friend from high school. He is now sleeping in my guest bedroom rent-free until he gets himself back on his feet. MMT

#17405 (0) - Feb 20, 2013 by onefriend - Inspiring - Yes, that made me think too! (478) - No, that made me sleepy. (39)

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