You don't need to have everything perfect around you, you just need few things to be grateful for and that's what you should hold onto. Below are some little stories from makesmethink.com that got me to tears:
1- Today would have been the 127th day in a row that I visited her at the hospital as she rested in a coma. But last night I had a dream that she died, and I woke up in tears this morning and couldn’t bring myself to drive to the hospital to see her lying there like that. So I stayed in bed, staring at the ceiling, and thinking of how I was going to have to learn to live without her for the rest of my life. And then my phone rang, and it was her. MMT
2- Today, ten years after I had six miscarriages in a row and was told I would never have kids – that my uterus was incapable of holding a baby past twelve weeks, I sat in my 8-year-old son’s bed to wake him for his birthday. Just sitting there, breathing with him, and knowing that I have my very own version of miracle MMT.
3- Today, I received a used book in the mail (an old novel from my favorite author) that I bought from a third party Amazon affiliated reseller last week. The description of the book’s condition said, “Name written on first page, otherwise in great shape.” But when I opened the book, the name written on the first page is the author’s signature. MMT
4- Today, I went in for an interview for a teaching position at a high school in South Florida. I felt like I recognized the male interviewer, who was the Math and Science department head. Then towards the end of the interview, after lots of small talk, it became clear that the interviewer was my biological father. My mom had taken me and abandoned him when I was 5-years-old, and it was the first time I’d seen him in almost 20 years. We went out for coffee afterwards and caught up. And I got the job, so now I’ll have a lot of time to get to know my father, MMT
5- Today it’s been 28 years since my mom dropped out of college to take care of me (I was an unexpected pregnancy). Then came my brother, and then my sister, and then my youngest sister. My mom has been busy for a long time. But this afternoon my siblings and I joined my dad in applauding her as we watched her walk the stage to receive her bachelor’s degree. “I’m so proud to be finishing what I started so long ago,” she told us afterward. MMT
6- Today, I came across my mom’s old journal in the attic. I read a few entries, and they were quite depressing. My mom has always been such a positive influence in my life, so I had no idea her past was so troubled. The final entry was written the day before I was born. I told my mom I found her journal, and asked her why she stopped keeping a journal after I was born. She said, “I found happiness. I finally had something amazing to live for.” MMT
7- Today, I was sitting on a park bench waiting for my mom to come pick me up. I was playing with my phone when I looked up to see a homeless man walking down the sidewalk in front of me. We made eye contact and he asked, "Can you spare a smile?" His question caught me off guard and instantly made me smile. And he replied, “Thank you!” and then he walked on. MMT
8- Today my Ex husband asked me to marry him, I said yes. We were married when I was 19, divorced later on and then our lives somehow lead our hearts back together. We are going to be married in 2 weeks, on what could have been our 16th wedding anniversary. Our children cried with joy when we told them today. MMT
9- Today, I was feeling really down at my job as a cashier and just having an all around bad day. Just wanted to go home. Halfway through my shift a nice woman in my line, who's face I know but not her name, tells me how sweet I am and says "You must be the nicest, prettiest cashier they have here! I don't know why you're not out modeling." She made my night - made my week, really. The simple kindnesses that someone can bring to another MMT.
10- Today, I let someone touch my wrist without jumping away. I grew up with an abusive dad, and he would grab me by the wrists when he was going to start beating me, so I got used to flinching away. But today, my friend - who's really my sister more than any family I've had - laid her hand on my wrist without either of us thinking about it. As she pulled away, I realized I hadn't jumped at her touch. Real family and real growing from who I was MMT
11- Today, after he finished giving his valedictorian commencement speech at his college graduation ceremony, he walked off the stage directly over to me, hugged me for a minute straight, and said, “Thank you for adopting me when I was five, and being the biggest inspiration a child could hope to have in a dad.” MMT
12- Today, 20 years after my cancer went into remission, as we rested in bed after returning home from our son’s college graduation ceremony, my wife reminded me of the night I said, “I just hope I’m around long enough for my son to remember me.” MMT
13- Today, after six straight years of trying to have a child, my husband and I were blessed to adopt our one-year-old son, but this afternoon after feeling strangely ill all week, the shock of our lives came when we found out that we will now be the proud parents of two sons. MMT
14- Today, out of all the “thank yous” I’ve received from others in my life, when my once abused and very timid shelter cat snuggled up on my lap this evening, I realized it might be the “thank you” I'm the most proud of. MMT
15- Today I realized how amazing my life is. I spent the majority of high school with no friends, or friends out of pity. But now I'm in college and I have a best friend who truly cares. And this summer after I temporarily moved away to a new city, she called me every single day for several weeks straight so I wouldn't get home sick. Growing up and finding a real best friend MMT.
16- Today, my fiancé has been looking for a job for over 6 months. Through the Army, he has found a passion for working with helicopters, and he has been trying to find a job in that field. He finally decided to give up on his dream, and go back to school - something he was dreading. This morning he submitted his application to a college. This afternoon, his dream job called and made him an offer. MMT
17- Today, as I watched him prepare to go out to celebrate his 18th birthday with his girlfriend, I remembered that night when he was born early at only one pound and six ounces. Somehow, even in that moment when doctors thought he wouldn’t, I knew my son would live. MMT
18- Today, these two big gangster looking guys were hanging out at the bar of the restaurant where I was eating. They didn't see me sitting tucked away in the booth adjacent to them. I overheard them discussing the fact that “nothing is more sexy than a woman's confidence” and “how great inner-beauty is.” They went on and on about it for almost an hour. It was unexpected and it made me smile and MMT.
19- Today, my best friend got into a car accident that left her with a concussion. For a short time she couldn't remember anything that had happened before waking up in the hospital bed, she didn't even know who her own mother was. But when I walked into her hospital room, she looked up at me and said, "Megan, thank you for coming to see me." That was the first smile I haven't faked in a long time. MMT
20- Today, as usual, my bus driver said good morning to every student who got on her bus. Even though most kids don't respond, she persists. I’m usually one of them those kids. But this morning I was having a rough time due to some family issues at home, and as I was waiting at the bus stop with light tears in my eyes, I realized that my bus driver’s “good morning” greeting was something I was really looking forward to. So when she said it to me, I gave her a hug and finally said, “Thank you!” MMT
21- Today, it’s been a month since my wife spotted an injured stray cat on the side of the road that had been hit by a car. We pulled over, picked it up, and brought it to the animal hospital we take our dog to. The hospital admitted the cat and said they’d care for it free of charge. This morning we got a call that the cat was back on its feet, as sweet as can be, and looking for a permanent home. Right now he’s curled up on my lap. MMT
22- Today is my birthday. I am the only girl in my Computer Science II class at school, and I have been teased by some of the guys for it (in a friendly way). But I still baked cookies for every one of them on their birthday (something I love to do anyway). Today I was expecting nothing, but when I walked into class today, 7 of the guys had brought in cookies they baked for me, without talking to each other about it. It made my whole year. MMT
23- Today, I finally stopped being foolish and called an old best friend I hadn't talked to in over a year. He singlehandedly got me one of the toughest times of my life, and in my depression I lashed out at him and dropped him from my life for selfish reasons. He answered the phone with: "Ready to pick up where we left off?" It instantly made me smile. Jason, you MMT.