32 Thought-Provoking Life Stories

Makes Me Think

Sometimes the most random everyday encounters force us to stop and rethink the truths and perceptions we have ingrained in our minds.  These encounters are educationally priceless.  They spawn moments of deep thought and self-reflection that challenge the status quo and help us evolve as sensible individuals.

On our new sister site, Makes Me Think, we call these thought-provoking life experiences ‘MMTs’.  Makes Me Think is an online community where people share daily life stories that provoke deep thought and inspire positive change.

Here’s a sample of 32 MMT stories that were recently submitted to the site:

  1. Today, I was sitting on a hotel balcony watching 2 lovers in the distance walk along the beach.  From their body language, I could tell they were laughing and enjoying each other’s company.  As they got closer, I realized they were my parents.  My parents almost got divorced 8 years ago.  MMT
  2. Today, I asked my 6 year old son what he wants to be when he grows up.  He said, “Mommy, all I want to be is happy.”  MMT
  3. Today, after spending the last 3 years viciously bickering with the college kid who lives next door, I found myself crying in his arms and thanking him repeatedly for saving my son’s life.  MMT
  4. Today, my daughter confronted me with the fact that my biggest fear, a fear that has held me back from many life experiences, has never come true.  I am 76 years old.  MMT
  5. Today, I attended the grand opening for Shane’s art gallery.  Shane is a quirky, soft-spoken guy with long red hair.  For the last 5 years I’ve thought he was a bit of a weirdo.  But today I realized Shane’s weirdness is just the side-effect of being an artistic genius.  MMT
  6. Today, my company employs 130 intelligent individuals and turns a net profit of nearly $500K a year.  I started this company 10 years ago after I was laid off by IBM.  If they hadn’t laid me off, I might still be working in a cubicle at IBM today.  MMT
  7. Today, I waited on an elderly woman at the local restaurant where I work.  She left me a $90 tip on a $10 tab with a handwritten note that said, “I’m 86 and I can’t take this money with me.  So please spoil yourself with it.”  MMT
  8. Today, I tested a theory that didn’t work, which led me to different theory that didn’t work, which spawned a totally new idea that seems to work really well.  Although it doesn’t solve the original problem, all of my business partners agree that this idea has earth-shattering potential.  MMT
  9. Today, I saw a pretty scary looking guy who had a tall blue mohawk and tattoos and piercings all over his body.  He was helping my elderly neighbor take her trash down to the curb.  My neighbor told me afterwards that the guy was just walking by and offered to help.  MMT
  10. Today, I married the man of my dreams.  I left for college at 18 and looked for him there.  Nothing.  I moved to a new city and looked for him there.  Nothing.  Then last fall I returned home for Thanksgiving.  My brother’s best friend, whom I grew up with, joined us for dinner.  And I found him.  MMT
  11. Today, I was reunited with an old buddy.  Throughout college we were best friends.  Then just before graduation we got into a nasty fight over a girl.  Terrible words were exchanged and we never spoke again, until today.  And as we hugged each other, we acknowledged how irrelevant that girl is now.  MMT
  12. Today, my 21 year old son’s alternative rock band received a record deal from a major record label.  I spent the last 5 years trying to convince him that college was the smarter way to go.  But he stood his ground and pursued his dream.  And now he’s living it.  MMT
  13. Today, I was walking along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach when I saw 4 teenagers heckling a homeless beach bum.  He laughed and said, “I’m not crazy!  ‘Crazy’ is spending 40 years of your life hating 40 hours a week.”  MMT
  14. Today, I met a movie star celebrity who has been one of my idols since I was a kid.  He was a total jerk in real life.  MMT
  15. Today, a lady walked up to me in the gym and asked me to give her some workout pointers.  She said, “You look incredible!  Watching you gradually tone-up and progress in here has become my primary inspiration to get in shape.”  It made me smile because I’ve struggled with my weight since I was 15.  MMT
  16. Today, I implemented a web-based business idea I got from my girlfriend.  The kickoff was a total success.  She actually tried explaining this idea to me 2 years ago, but I was too busy at the time to listen.  MMT
  17. Today, I checked my account balance and realized I had been fined $40 by my bank for a $2 overdraft when I bought a coffee on the way to work.  “I couldn’t be any more broke!” I cried aloud as I walked outside to get some air.  Just then a skinny homeless man limped out from a nearby alleyway.  MMT
  18. Today, my daughter who struggled to get C’s in grade school owns a multi-million dollar cosmetics company.  My daughter who was in the gifted program in grade school is happily employed as a kindergarten teacher making $35K a year.  MMT
  19. Today, I ran into an old best friend I haven’t seen in nearly a year.  We live in the same city, but we’re just so busy.  MMT
  20. Today, we celebrated our 10 year anniversary.  We unknowingly held our wedding in a park on the same day a college fraternity was tailgating.  There were drunken college kids everywhere.  At the time it seemed horrific.  But it produced several amusing stories our family still laughs about today.  MMT
  21. Today, I returned 2 library books that were 3 months overdue.  The librarian looked extremely nervous as she informed me of my $34 late fee.  When I smiled and handed her the $34, she said, “Oh, thanks for being so nice about it.  Most people scream at me when I inform them of their late fees.”  MMT
  22. Today, my employer officially approved my request to work from home 2 days a week.  All of my friends and family were shocked.  “When did your employer implement this policy?” they asked.  “About 2 weeks after I pitched the idea to the CEO,” I replied.  MMT
  23. Today, I was dealt a colossal life lesson.  My girlfriend is pregnant.  I’ve worn a condom every single time we’ve had sex for the last 2 years… except for this one night last month when we were really, really drunk.  MMT
  24. Today, I visited an old neighborhood where I used to live.  The landscaping in every yard seemed better kept than I remember.  And everyone on the block seemed friendlier.  But other than the couple who moved into my old house, the same exact people live there.  MMT
  25. Today, my mother-in-law cooked fish for dinner.  I have refused to eat fish since I was a child.  But I didn’t want to seem rude, so I sucked it up and ate it anyway.  Surprisingly, I thought it was pretty good.  And I may try it again sometime soon.  MMT
  26. Today, I was at the beach watching a little girl chase her father’s remote controlled car around in circles.  She kept jumping forward and falling on her knees in an effort to catch the car as it skidded by.  She did this 31 times and failed.  But on attempt #32, she caught the car.  MMT
  27. Today, a complete stranger outside a local coffee shop was holding a sign that said, “Free Hugs.”  I hesitated at first, but then I decided to give her a hug.  Truthfully, it felt great!  MMT
  28. Today, I heard another Michael Jackson song on the radio.  For the last 15 years up until the day he died, it seemed like everyone thought he was a freak.  Now, all I hear are MJ songs on the radio and people calling him a musical genius.  It’s like the world forgot what they had until it was gone.  MMT
  29. Today, I was sitting on my front porch watching the neighbor’s kid have the time of his life with nothing more than a wooden stick and his imagination.  MMT
  30. Today, I was in a really bad mood when a young girl came into my office sporting the most genuine smile I’d seen in a long while.  She was bound to a wheelchair because she had no legs.  MMT
  31. Today, I spent an hour with a stranger, said nothing, and walked away feeling like I just had the best conversation ever.  MMT
  32. Today, I was working in a coffee shop when 2 gay men walked in holding hands.  As you might expect, heads started turning.  Then a young girl at the table next to me asked her mom why 2 men were holding hands.  Her mom replied, “Because they love each other.”  MMT

Makes Me Think is updated daily.  If you enjoyed the MMT stories in this article, please visit the site for the latest content.  Or subscribe to Make Me Think here via RSS or email.

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Comments

  1. says

    Fabulous new site! I stopped over, thought I’d read one or two and then leave…and found myself completely drawn in by each one of these. And it all left me thinking…in a very good way. Awesome work, and I’m looking forward to watching this new site grow and prosper…and even more than that – to really soak in the messages these short snippets provide…

  2. says

    Great stories Marc. It just shows that anything is possible and sometimes you have to look a little closer to truly get the message.

    The ones that touched me was the one with the little girl chasing the car, the boy who was adamant about starting his band, and the way people have criticized MJ up until his death, and now finally realize what they lost.

    These simple stories tell a lot about admirable character and I hope to be able to share one about me in the future.

  3. says

    Thanks for the kind remarks everyone. We’re hoping Makes Me Think takes off enough so that we can post at least 3 new MMT stories everyday.

    So please, submit your story today. 😉

    And also, I’m in the process right now of writing another short story article for marcandangel.com. So look for it next Monday.

  4. says

    It almost saddens me how popular the FML site is among my college peers. As soon as I read the first paragraph describing your new site, I knew it was the antithesis of FML.

    I don’t stop by and comment much, but I really enjoy reading your posts in my reader. Excellent work!

  5. says

    Hey guys,

    I didn’t know that was your website. I just posted that website on my facebook! Weird coincidence that you posted about it today!

    Cheers,
    Jeremy

  6. Anurag says

    Hi Marc/Angel,

    As soon as I open my feed reader in the morning, first thing, I check is any new post from you. Although you publish the posts less frequently, then others but the results are worth waiting.

    I really like reading your posts..thnx..keep it up

  7. Jessie says

    So short and sweet! I love these, thank you for the recommendation, I will definitely subscribe! Please keep up the great work, you’ve changed my life.

  8. says

    My favorite was #29. As we get older we forget how important our imaginations are. As adults we need to tap back into this amazing resource. The best way to do that is to stop caring about what other people think and just let our imaginations go wild.

  9. says

    Your website is an inspiration. Truly. Not only this article but the entire domain has had a huge influence on the way I see the world.

  10. says

    What a great collection of stories…I loved them all and in particular number 7. You can acumulate money but you can’t take it with you but you can leave a legacy that will last for generations!

    Superb post guys! x

  11. says

    Great stories! Each one of them have values that you can learn from.

    Although each of them are short, the meaning has an everlasting lesson to learn in life.

  12. says

    An interesting compilation of stories from everyday life that are quite insightful and deeply touching! Many times children also unknowingly point towards such apparent facts of life, that we had almost overlooked totally. Great post!

  13. madmonk says

    No. 18 was a little jarring. So the person is measuring the success of his/her daughters by the amount of money they make? One is bright and chose to help kids become educated, the other makes money off of women’s vain insecurities.

  14. Open Minded says

    In response to number 9:
    Some people are too closed minded to not judge people at all. Blue mohawks and tattoos mean nothing. Stop thinking you came to some glorious conclusion just because you were slapped in the face with the reality of people who aren’t like you.

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