24 Inspirational Stories That Leave You Smiling # 2


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24 Inspirational Stories That Leave You Smiling # 2

  1. 1. 24 Inspirational Stories That Leave You Smiling – Part IIThey remind you the good things in our life.
  2. 2. Today, at the age of 70, my grandfather graduated from college with a bachelor’sdegree in business studies. He’s been a successful business owner most of his life, buthe told me he earned his degree to fulfill a promise he made to his mother before shelost her battle with cancer 50 years ago. 1
  3. 3. Today, my mom is a healthy 54 year old who successfully owns and operates a popularbakery downtown – a goal she had all her life. 15 years ago she was diagnosed withcancer. In the face of death, she quit her store clerk job, opened the bakery, startedchemo therapy, and succeeded on all fronts. 2
  4. 4. Today, after 2 years of separation, my ex-wife and I resolved our differences and met fordinner. We laughed and chatted for almost 4 hours. Then just before she left, she handedme a large envelope. In it were 20 love letters she wrote me over the last 2 years. Therewas a post-it note on the envelope that said, “Letters I was too stubborn to send.” 3
  5. 5. Today, I was working in a coffee shop when 2 gay men walked in holding hands. As youmight expect, heads started turning. Then a young girl at the table next to me asked hermom why 2 men were holding hands. Her mom replied, “Because they love each other.” 4
  6. 6. Today, I was the maid of honor in her wedding. Four years ago she was declaredcancer free. Eight years ago, during our senior year of college, she was diagnosedwith breast cancer and told she had eighteen months to live. 5
  7. 7. Today, my close friend died unexpectedly in a car accident. A cab driver saw mecrying outside the hospital all alone at 3AM. He stopped, helped me into the cab,drove me to my house 30 miles away and refused to let me pay him. 6
  8. 8. Today, after spending the last ten years serving liquor to alcoholics all day everyday I looked in the mirror and felt disgusted. I’ve concluded that I am, in fact, afailure, even though all my friends call me a successful business owner. 7
  9. 9. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. Ichuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” Ichuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?” “Becausethat’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said. 8
  10. 10. Today, at a funeral reception, everyone had something kind to say aboutthe deceased. As they spoke through their tears, many of them admittedthat they wish they had told John how wonderful he was before he died. 9
  11. 11. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughinghysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized thatI need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again. 10
  12. 12. Today, I interviewed a woman who is terminally ill. “So,” I tried to delicately ask,“What is it like to wake up every morning and know that you are dying?” “Well,”she responded, “What is it like to wake up every morning and pretend that youare not?” 11
  13. 13. Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with mybroken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped meall the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hopeyou feel better soon.” 12
  14. 14. Today, I lost my mom to cancer. My whole life I wanted to build an empireof wealth. And now that I’m relatively wealthy, all I want is my mom back. 13
  15. 15. Today, I swore to her that if she followed through with it, I’d do the same. And sheslowly pointed the gun away from her forehead and toward the floor. Then shehanded it to me and cried in my arms for almost three hours. 14
  16. 16. Today, a 12 year old boy died in a house fire near my neighborhood. Afterhe pulled his mom to safety, he ran back into the burning house for his 5-month-old baby sister. 15
  17. 17. Today, my electric wheelchair broke down as I was rushing across campus totake a midterm exam. Two female joggers noticed I was stuck and asked if Ineeded assistance. When I explained my dilemma, they both pushed mesimultaneously all the way to my class and got me there just in time. 16
  18. 18. Today, exactly twenty years ago to the hour, I risked my life to save a womanwho was drowning in the rapids of the Indian River. And that’s how I met mywife - the love of my life. 17
  19. 19. Today, I asked my 6 year old son what he wants to be whenhe grows up. He said, “Mommy, all I want to be is happy.” 18
  20. 20. Today, as I watched my 75 year old grandmother and grandfather beingsilly with each other and laughing in the kitchen, I felt like I got a shortglimpse of what true love feels like. I hope I find it someday. 19
  21. 21. Today, after spending the last year working 60 hours a week in an attempt to give myfamily a more comfortable life, I forgot about my son’s 14th birthday. My son told mewhat the family really needs is more of me at home. 20
  22. 22. Today, my mother passed away after a long battle with cancer. My best friend lives2000 miles away and called to comfort me. While on the phone, he asked, “Whatwould you do if I showed up at your house and gave you the biggest hug in theworld?” “I would surely smile,” I replied. And then he rang my doorbell. 21
  23. 23. Today, my friend told me she didn’t mind being legally blind, with only 12% ofher vision. She said, “After it rains there’s usually a dew left on the grass. Andbecause of the way my eyes refract the light, I see rainbows in the grass.” 22
  24. 24. Today, I stopped to chat with the office janitor like I do every Monday morning on myway into work. And at the end of our conversation he grinned and said, “You know,you’re the only one who ever stops to talk to me around here, and you’re thePresident and CEO.” 23
  25. 25. Today, I met a powerful businessman who is worth 100 million dollars. In conversation hetold me he regretted never making it to his son’s hockey games or his daughter’s dancerecitals. It made me smile because my dad is probably only worth as much as this man’slast paycheck, but he made it to everything. 24
  26. 26. The most important thing you’ll ever dois in the four walls of your own home. - Stephen Covey Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn
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