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40 Amazing Things You Will Never Forget

40 Amazing Things You Will Never Forget

“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
―Albert Einstein

“Today I am celebrating my 90th birthday.  I’ve seen the world change many times over.  It’s amazing how much progress we’ve made.  When I was a child there was no such thing as a television, and now I’m online typing this on a touchscreen tablet my grandson bought me for my birthday.  This ride we call ‘life’ is amazing!”

Those are the opening lines to an email I received this morning from a reader named Mary Ann.  The rest of her email discusses the ups and downs of her 90-year journey, and how she perceives life as being like an “ongoing jigsaw puzzle” we never quite complete.  “It’s crazy how some pieces randomly go missing, and then other pieces you didn’t even know existed fit so perfectly in the empty spaces,” she says.

Mary Ann’s words of wisdom remind me that there will always be ups and downs in life, but ultimately, at the end of the day, that’s what makes each of us who we are.  Which is why you have to learn to accept both the good and the bad that falls on your plate with grace.  Because everything in life happens for you, not to you.  Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late.  For everything you lose, you gain something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something else.  You don’t have to like it, but it’s just easier if you do.

So pay attention to your outlook on life.  Every day you can either regret or rejoice; it’s your choice.  When you choose the latter, life opens doors to amazing experiences you will likely remember forever.  Here are 40 such experiences…

  1. Flowing and working through life’s great challenges. – No matter what happens, do your best and smile.  You won’t enjoy your life if you don’t enjoy your challenges.  Great challenges make life interesting, and overcoming them makes life meaningful.
  2. The freedom that comes from acceptance. – The secret to happiness and peace is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be, and then making the best of it.
  3. Moments of sincere gratitude. – Appreciate life even when it’s not ideal.  Happiness is not the fulfillment of what we wish for, but an appreciation for what we have.  When life gives you every reason to be negative, think of one good reason to be positive.  There’s always something to be grateful for.
  4. The beautiful happenings that made it all worthwhile. – When you can look back on painful events and feel that you were blessed for how you grew, for the love you knew, for the very fact that you did live through those times, then, and only then, can you truly appreciate gratitude’s vital role in the process of letting go.
  5. Walking comfortably in your own shoes. – We are all weird in some way. What sets you apart may seem like a burden, but it’s not.  Most of the time it’s what makes you so incredible.
  6. The moment you start listening to your inner voice, rather than defying it. – Sometimes your mind needs more time to accept what your heart already knows.  Breathe.  Be a witness, not a judge.  Listen to your intuition.
  7. Aligning what you do with who you are. – Make the rest of your life the best of your life.  Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside.  (Read Quitter.)
  8. Using your unique ideas, perspectives, and skills to make a difference. – If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world, and you must be bold enough to show it.
  9. Designing your own life, your own way. – No matter how you live, someone will be disappointed.  So live a life you are proud of.  Live YOUR truth and be sure YOU aren’t the one who is disappointed in the end.
  10. Working hard on something you love. – Hard work becomes easy when your work becomes your play.  Never underestimate the value of loving what you do.  When we lose ourselves in the things we love, we find ourselves there, too.
  11. Knowing deep down that you gave your dreams a fair chance. – Most of the time the only difference between a dream that came true and one that didn’t, is a person who wouldn’t give up and one who did.
  12. Reflections of your own bravery. – When you’re scared but you take the next step anyway, that’s bravery.
  13. The glory of conquering an old fear. – Fear is a feeling, not a fact.  The best way to gain strength and self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.  Dare to stretch yourself.
  14. Being courageous enough to grow and evolve. – It takes courage to grow and become who you really are.  Don’t fear change.  You may lose something good, but you may also gain something great.
  15. The way you feel at the end of highly productive days. – Laziness may appear attractive, but work leads to happiness.  You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.  Good things don’t come to those who wait; they come to those who work on meaningful goals.
  16. When your patience finally pays off. – Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act and how hard you are willing to work while you’re waiting for your work to pay off.
  17. Making the impossible possible. – In most cases, impossible is not a fact; it’s an opinion.  Almost anything is possible if you’ve got enough time and enough nerve.
  18. When you have a great reason to be impressed with yourself. – Spend less time impressing others and more time impressing yourself.  Climb a mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.
  19. Engaging deeply in your own journey, drama-free. – Let the tasks of refining, improving, and appreciating your own life keep you so busy that you have no need and no time to criticize others, or engage in their drama.
  20. Standing up for yourself. – Sometimes we suffer, not because of the violence others inflict on us, but because of our own silence.  When someone tries to bully you, stand up for yourself and say, “Not so fast, buddy!  Your delusion of superiority is your problem, not mine.
  21. Relationships that make you a better person. – Know that it’s less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.  Surround yourself with people who make you better, and cherish every moment of your time together.
  22. Knowing deep down that you truly matter to someone else. – Someday you will be just a memory to some people.  Do your best to be a great one.
  23. True intimate love. – True love is not about how many days, months or years you’ve been with someone.  True love is about how much you actually love each other every day.
  24. Appreciating the beautiful imperfections of another person. – Imperfection is real and beautiful.  It’s how two people accept and deal with the imperfections of their relationship, that make it ideal in the end.  (Read The Gifts of Imperfection.)
  25. Following through with your promises. – Unless a real commitment is made there are only empty promises and hopes, but no real plans or results.  Remember, commitment means staying loyal and keeping a promise long after the mood you made the promise in has left you.
  26. Giving a struggling soul a little extra leeway. – Don’t be so quick to judge.  The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.
  27. Helping someone who desperately needs your kindness. – Those who are hardest to love often need it the most.  So treat everyone with kindness, even those who are rude.  Give them a chance.
  28. Knowing you did the right thing. – True integrity is doing the right thing, no matter what, even when nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
  29. Seeing genuine smile you helped create. – Few things are more satisfying than helping someone else smile a little more than before.
  30. Coming to a loving compromise with someone special. – Sometimes we must choose to be wrong, not because we really are wrong, but because we value our relationship more than our pride.
  31. Moments of mindful presence. – If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in?  Stop over thinking and worrying.  Life is too short for that.  Worry and rumination are the worst enemies to living happily in the present.  Take a moment here and there to just be and breathe.
  32. The liberation of letting go. – Letting go of the past is your first step toward happiness.  So finish each day before you begin the next, and build a solid foundation of rest between the two.
  33. The process of growing through failure. – Remember, your failure does not define you, your determination does.  Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, smarter than before.
  34. When the sun finally shines through the dark clouds again. – Don’t give up on yourself.  Keep fighting.  Sometimes you’ve got to go through the worst of times to get the best.  (Angel and I discuss this in detail in the “Adversity” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
  35. Surprising new beginnings. – Every ending is the beginning of something else.  Every exit is an entry somewhere else.  As long as you are breathing, it’s never too late; every day is a new opportunity.
  36. The nimble feeling of being a beginner. – Allow yourself to be a beginner.  No one starts off being great.  Do the best you can until you know better.  When you know better, do better.
  37. The exhilaration of first time experiences. – You can see or do something a million times, but you can only see or do it for the first time once.  And that makes doing so worth it.  Many of the great times you will remember for a lifetime are the ones when you stepped outside of your comfort zone and tried something new.
  38. Becoming a parent. – Being a mother or father is discovering strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed.
  39. The happiness YOU create for yourself and those you love. – In life, you often have to create your own sunshine.  So read something positive every morning when you wake up, and let it inspire you to do something positive before you go back to sleep at night.  That’s how memorable days are made.
  40. Every moment you are busy living through love. – Today is one of the good ol’ days you’re going to miss someday.  So be sooo busy loving your life and those in it that you have no time for hate, regret or fear.

Your turn…

Truth be told, talking about our problems is our greatest addiction.  Let’s break this negative habit and talk about our joys, our loves, and our victories instead.  So tell me this:

What makes life amazing?  What makes a moment worth remembering?

Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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  • My son walked into the kitchen and at the exact same moment we both realized he has grown taller than me! I think it’s the small moments like this that make life truly amazing!

    Thank you Marc (and Angel too) for continuing to inspire me to notice these moments and enjoy the full, hidden beauty of my life. The ‘simplicity’ section of your book and several articles here on your blog have gradually tuned me into to noticing how the small things are really the big things. And I’m so grateful that I now appreciate more of my life every day.

  • What makes this moment amazing is to just five minutes ago I receive a text message saying my sister is going to have a baby boy. And to read this amazing blog post post just afterwards makes me stop and think… life is pretty darn incredible, and totally worth the down days and troubles we encounter along the way.

  • I just returned home after spending some time with two of my very close friends. The three of us have been friends for over 30 years now. We talked, we joked, and now I am at home still smiling about it. I think friends like them make life pretty amazing.

    Oh, and thank you so very much for this wonderful blog, which I read almost every day. It speaks directly to me and it is so inspiring on so many levels.

  • #13 & 37, It’s amazing to combine a new experience with conquering an old fear.

    But #37 is my favorite. The adventure of trying new things, going to new places, experiencing new people, cultures, foods, it’s all amazing. Traveling and experiencing something new energizes me and makes me feel alive. I was really skeptical about sushi until my daughter dared me to try it, and now I’m kind of addicted to it. I wrote my first screenplay “just to see if I could” and it led to a whole new career. I knew nothing about music and just followed instinct and inspiration to write a feature-length musical film trilogy scripts that eventually led to music journalism. All of these things opened up amazing new worlds to me.

    #22 “Knowing deep down that you truly matter to someone else. – Someday you will be just a memory to some people. Do your best to be a great one.” Aw, I really love this one.

    Thank you for this list. It really made me smile.


  • Before reading your amazing post, I woke up, got out of bed and decided to spend a couple of minutes before I need to rush to work doing some yoga poses on the terrace. It was chilly, but sunny, and the birds were singing. It was a true moment of joy and then I read your post and it inspired me at the beginning of a new week. Thank you.

  • Should the 6th point be the other way around? - “sometimes the heart takes more time to learn what the mind already knows”
    Either way, pretty inspiring article :) I love your blog. Keep it up!

  • A couple hours ago my wife phoned and said the owner of the apartment we rent would come to take the rent-money for three previous months, it was like a cold shower, I’ve almost forgotten it is time to pay. Phoned to a bank asking for a short-term loan - the bank refused… Then asked my wife to check her bank account, and … YAHOO there was the sum exceeding two times what we needed.

  • What a wonderful way for me to start the day! I love to read your blog over my morning coffee. A million thanks for starting my day out right with reminders of what is truly important.

  • I wanted to express my gratitude for this wonderful blog you have. How insightful and encouraging.

    Thank you to everyone involved, including those who share in the comments.

  • I want to be remembered by my boys one day as the fun mom, not the moany one. Sometimes I’m so busy planning what fun we’re going to have next that I forget to look at the fun we can have now! Thanks for reminding me…

  • Just curious - Who inspires you two? To whom do you give partial credit for your inspiration and wisdom?

  • When I retired and finally had some time to myself, I took to writing my memoirs. So many of them were painful because of the abuse that took place in my childhood. I thought that by doing this it would be cathartic and help me heal, but what really helped me heal was when I decided to let go of the past hurts and “if onlys” and really embraced the positive and grateful road your website puts forth. You have shown me the light and the high road to happiness. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your words of wisdom. I love all your posts!

  • Thanks a million. This is a great overview of ideas for living a wonderful life.

    For me, amazing moments happen when I pay close attention to what I’m doing - when I am truly present and accepting of my surroundings. And it helps when I’m sharing these moments with someone special too.

  • Another great post. :) So true about going through the worst of times and then the sun comes out again. We get stronger because of these things, but it doesn’t always feel that way when it’s happening. After it has passed I’ve had the insight to help (hopefully) others I meet in my travels who are now facing the same or similar events in their life. It teaches us compassion and wisdom, I think.

    What brings me joy and happiness? So many things, here are some not all: My husband, family, friends, morning walks with my neighbor’s 2 beautiful dogs enjoying the quiet and beauty of nature, spending time each day with God, laughing until it hurts and tears run down my face (we do this a LOT), good health, food in the fridge, learning and growing a little bit all the time.

  • I was thinking of forwarding this post to my husband, who sometimes gets caught in a “downer” loop, but then I read #24 and I thought I would just go hug him, instead. Lovely thoughts for starting my day. Thank you!

  • Frequent Reader
    March 24th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I absolutely love this blog! I haven’t found this kind of insight and blatant honesty in a very long time and I avidly read blogs and different things online. Your topics and style are exactly what I need to get through my day and find success and happiness in my life. Incredibly great work!! I will be purchasing your book.

  • Long-list posts are a lot of work, Marc. You are amazing! I am sure that you spend a lot of time working towards making this world a better place for other people.

    Thank you.

    P.S. - Please thank Mary Ann for her “jigsaw” metaphor for life. What a wonderful way to describe the pleasure of dealing with challenges in an authentic way!

  • Love this, so glad I found this blog. Today started as sort of a bummer, in that I received an electricity bill that was 3x what I normally get - it was a “catch up” bill, blah.

    But when I saw #3, I remember that I have to be grateful for so many things - that I’m alive, that I have an adorable kitty who chases the loneliness away, that I have a family who loves me…including my 100 year old aunt who can (usually) remember who I am. :-)

    And I’m grateful for this blog - it has pulled me out of some blue moments, so thanks!

    @Vidhi, you said, “Should the 6th point be the other way around? - ’sometimes the heart takes more time to learn what the mind already knows.’ I would agree - I feel guilty over something that happened years ago, and while my mind has already accepted that I have no reason to be guilty over that, my heart keeps bringing it up. Something I still need to work on to let go.

  • Best thing in the world is when your child turns around and comforts YOU in a bad moment… makes me remember they are always watching, always learning and if I can teach them to comfort others, I did at least one thing right as a parent! :)

  • I was introduced to your amazing site and you two amazing people by John Hackleman aka Pitmaster .. I look forward to your inspiring and truth of life advice everyday. I share it with as many people as I can .. I’m not a social media person due to past overuse that stopped me from living my life and making contact with people in person everyday also a severe hacking of my personal financial info and contacts worries it’s under control and I’m now enjoying living my life in person everyday your site is extremely instrumental in doing just that :)
    Thank you both ~<3

  • I just discovered your blog, and love it!

    So much wisdom, distilled in list form. Very inspirational, and a great way to start the day. But the lists are sometimes soooo long. 28 things, 30 things, 50 things. When I see a post with 50 things, I often feel discouraged — too much to absorb, too many ideas to digest. This problem is evidently mine, and no one else’s.

    Either way, I will continue to be inspired, and deeply appreciate your work to better our lives.

  • I have started a habit to enjoy the moment. I did it this weekend while at a botanical garden with my husband, 3 adult children and 3 grandsons. While walking thought the gardening in a group, I stop and watch them as they laugh, interact, point out something of interest and I am grateful for them all. I smile as I take in the moment of being with them and enjoying our time together. My family is the joy of my life. I do this at the dinner table or birthday party or whenever we have the amazing opportunity to be together with their lives being so busy.

  • I like this article for so many reasons (39 to be exact). I have two children and I have learned a lot about myself. I agree with #38 whole-heartedly. I wanted to share this list with someone I know who is in desperate need of change, someone who has lost everything and is emotionally downtrodden. But, #38 excludes her and I fear it would only push repeat on her downward spiraling thought tape. You know how it is when someone says positive things to you and all you hear is the one negative one? She has no children, and not because she didn’t want them. How hard is it to NOT become a parent when you wanted to be one? I bet you realize strengths you never knew you had every time a friend or family announces they’re expecting, every time you see tiny clothes for children that will never be yours, every Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. How difficult is to deal with the fear of knowing you will never be a mother? Perhaps you could add to #38 something like, “Never forget the influence you can have on a child whether you’re a parent or not.”

  • Just to say a great big thank you for your time and effort. So much appreciated. You never fail to inspire me.<3xxx.

  • Love makes life amazing.

    Truth makes a moment worth remembering.

  • #3 and more so #37

    I had spent the past week on my first trip to New York with part of my journalism class, and I can say I had the time of my life on this trip. I experienced more than a few things for the first time on this trip which made it all the more memorable (first plane ride too!). We kicked off midday going to the Statue of Liberty on a clear blue sky and saw the skyline on the ferry ride there, which was stunning. After much walking around and going through the subway in the morning we gave ourselves a break and simply sat along the edge of the monument, watching the city. It was there I took in that first time experience, completely relaxed and joyful.
    And in the same day I had one of the most exhilarating moments I’ve ever had with my group at the top of the Empire State Building, watching the sun set. We barely made it on time and had to run up a few flights of stairs but boy was it worth it! Getting to see the city come alive as the sun set in the background, and watching others who were in amazement, got me to realize how lucky I am.

    That was a more than a great moment I will remember for a lifetime.

  • Thanks for another great post. This is one that I really needed today.

  • You are providing such incredibly lovely and uplifting encouragement…so glad I have found your blog. Thank you.

  • Hi as always I love your site. I have one thing though at this time in my life I want to accomplish nothing, do nothing, have no goals. I came from a very abusive childhood, and young adult hood and began to work and earn money for things I wanted at ten years old. I have always been very generous with my time and money. I am very good at doing for others and never for myself as doing for others makes me happy most of the time. I am just very tired right now emotionally, physically, and mentally. Three years ago my mother died a very slow and miserable of Pancreatic Cancer I was with her caring for her at home till her last breath I learned much from the experience and am still learning much from the experience. I am helping to care for my step father who is the embodiment of negativity beyond anything anyone could ever have to experience. It kills apart of my Spirit every time I am with him which is 4 months a year, as well as being raised, and punished by him for 45 years. My marriage is falling apart and I have lost almost everything material I once held dear. And so it goes…

    I am tired now and want to live to become Enlightened I want this to be why I live to become a Spiritual Being in every way. I support myself, I expect nothing from anyone for my care and food, living in my car would be a blessing not a hardship. So sometimes in this life a goal, a plan, a future thought, is just not that important. So sometimes I just get sad that in a lot of your posts and other articles I read a goal to work toward seems like the only important thing a person should work for…I just want to work toward peace in my heart and not have anyone judge me as being lazy as that is how it may look to some. Remember some of us have lived 1000 life times in just this one and we are tired of goals, and ambition. I want to sit on a rock and stare out and be left alone. And I want that to be OK too.

  • Sandra-Leigh McKay
    March 24th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    When you are afraid but take the step anyways, that is perhaps better termed courage rather than bravery.

    “bravery” has overtones of foolishness or machismo or recklessness. “courage” does not.

    In the transsexual communities that I am a part of, it is not uncommon for us to be told that we are very brave. The transsexuals I correspond with nearly all reject that, and say, in our correspondence, “I am not brave, I am just doing what I *had* to do!” If you point out that that itself takes strength considering the difficulties, the majority will agree and will accept “courageous” as an adjective while still rejecting “brave”.

    The wording that I tend to use for “courage” is “when you know something is going to hurt and you do it anyways”. This could, though, be interpreted as stricter than just “fear”, for which one might be concerned about the possibility of hurt rather than the certainty.

  • You know what makes life amazing and worth it? Knowing that we all have problems none of out lives are perfect , but to put that to the side to see someone genuinely smile at you even if it’s a stranger. Or when my 15 months twins learn something new or their own just by mimicking me,precious beautiful moments of life that I made possible. Cause life may be hard, but it’s definitely worth it when you want it to be

  • What a treasure! The email from Mary Ann. I love how she relates life to a puzzle the way she does. I can only imagine the “wow” moments you two get on a regular basis. Getting to share, connect and learn life truths. It’s like receiving a part of the heart of the person that opened up to you. A trust that they can and trust in how you might use their words. Thank you for not letting those die in your memory, but letting those moments live and continue to give life to those that cross your path.

    As I have learned how to be more compassionate, I love having moments where people feel comfortable enough with me to open up about a variety of big life things that have happened or are currently experiencing. I feel honored that someone would share those things with me. I frequently get to hear “I don’t know why I am telling you this” and I love getting to see the look on their face when I can tell they are receiving compassion and acceptance. That I see their story is important and I honor and respect their trust in me. I can’t say these conversations have ever been planned, but maybe I am getting to pay it forward by being a safe place for them for the times I have received that love and compassion. I believe it all stems from - Never underestimate the power of a kind word … Everyone is going through some kind of battle. I don’t feel like have anything others do not have, but when I exercise compassion I truly receive much more.

    Life is too short not to show compassion, honor, respect and love.

  • This is a great list - while long, I loved reading all of it - all 40 tips. While I’ve been home searching for my next……chapters in life, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what drives me, and what hazards prevent me from moving forward….I’ve become bored with my own company, while becoming intimately aware of what makes me tick, or not.

    I’m sharing these great tips with 40 outstanding people —- I hope they enjoy them as much as I did!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Simple living and high thinking this is what we need to make our life incredible. Each and every point on this blog are amazing. Keep up the great work

  • Realizing that there will never be another day exactly like today. The negative experiences are rich with lessons and the positive experiences are to be cherished. Life is beautiful.

  • Great motivational lines. Each word erases negative energy slowly but surely.

  • You guys are just the best. I receive 100s of emails in my in box every day (a lot of which I have subscribed to) YOURS I treasure because they really do make a great start to the day.

  • I have got to say I have quoted the points from this post too many times on tumblr ahahaha, it’s so beautiful! Some things you need to be reminded of, like taking a step back in the middle or at the end of a busy day and just appreciating and reflecting the beauty it has been.

    It’s especially important to do new things and productive things when other things have gone wrong, it can really prove to yourself that not everything can go wrong in one day and that you can really make a difference to your own day by yourself.

    Thank you two so much for the beautiful posts!
    God Bless :)

  • 24. Appreciating the beautiful imperfections of another person.

    Our imperfections is why life is like a “box of chocolates” life is fun, interesting and you never know what you’re going to get. We are all beautiful because we’re all different.

  • I learned of this blog through some literature that I received from my church MASS Men’s ministry and I must say, I have been truly blessed by reading the different topics u have. It’s like you guys (Marc and Angel) are speaking directly to me!! Simply love love love this site!! May God continue to bless you to be able to reach his people and help them be better with every day that passes.

  • Marc and Angel,

    Thank you so much for all the inspirational soul food the you have shared with the world. I look forward to your e-mails, I am hooked.

    I believe that we should concentrate more on the positive things in life and less on the negative. Life is beautiful, every day is a gift, only when you really realize that can you find true happiness. I found my happiness in my sport, Paddle Tennis, and I am in the process of launching a pink Paddle Tennis Paddle to support (BCRF) the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It will be here this May.

  • Hi Marc

    Great article, and one that I needed to read. Yesterday, I had an extremely ’so-so’ day at work and after moaning to my wife about it for some time, I realized that I had to proverbially ’smell the roses.’ There is so much good in my life that is easy to see when I’m looking for it.


  • Hi Marc,

    Fabulous article! #7 really hit home - Aligning what you do with who you are. – Make the rest of your life the best of your life. Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside.

    My life feels so good on the inside that the outside doesn’t matter all that much. I live my life based on the choices and decisions that are right for me and what I feel called to do. I live comfortably, enjoy what I like and travel as often as I can.

    Life is waaaaaaay better than good!

  • What makes life amazing?
    What makes life amazing is starting the journey of unknown amount of miles beginning with a single movement. The amazing thing is that we are all on this journey. True, no two are the same, but we are united in the human experience and that is pretty amazing to me. Once I started thinking that other people are going through similar situations as me I stopped feeling like no one knows what I’m going through and that alone eased a lot of my struggle.

    What makes a moment worth remembering?
    In my perspective a moment becomes worthy of memory when it shifts your peace of mind. The magnitude of a shift in ones thought process commits the event to memory subconsciously.

    Thanks for reading and I appreciate that I am able to share my thoughts.


  • @Faith Early: There’s no particular famous person that comes to mind, but one of the sources of our greatest inspiration comes from the people we’ve met and work with who have overcome extreme adversities. It’s a remarkable thing to watch and be apart of.

    @Suzaane: Great point. Life shouldn’t be about striving toward a goal every waking moment, but striving toward happiness and peace. Great post idea, thank you!

    @All: You continue to make our life a little more amazing! Angel and I absolutely love sitting together and reading these comments. We are surrounded by such wonderful, loving, and happy souls. Thank you, again, for making a difference in our lives. =)

  • #34 I wish I had found your blog sooner. My friend sent me the link to this post because he said this number reminded him of my journey and of why I started blogging last April… My life is a work in progress, and although at times that progress is slower than I would like it to be, I am determined not to give up on myself. Especially now that the sun is finally starting to shine through those dark clouds :)

  • That was really very motivating, it gave me a different perspective in life. Life is amazing because we only have one life to live, going through life’s obstacles gives us a sense of direction, having a positive outlook in life generates happiness and peace.

    Moments worth remembering can happen anytime, a simple smile can lighten up a bad day, words of appreciation can lift up ones emotional depression, we may not know it, but this simple gestures can make a big change in ones life that makes it worth remembering.

  • I totally agree. Gratitude is very important. “Appreciate life even when it’s not ideal. Happiness is not the fulfillment of what we wish for, but an appreciation for what we have. When life gives you every reason to be negative, think of one good reason to be positive. There’s always something to be grateful for.”

    This was my favorite point.

  • Great article. Found it very helpful.

  • First, I have to say, over the last couple of weeks, this blog has become my absolute favorite. It is so positive and uplifting and really helps me focus and deeply appreciate the life I have.

    What makes life amazing?
    That we have the opportunity to truly experience the world around us.

    What makes a moment worth remembering?
    When it makes you smile.

  • I finally let go of the past and an amazing thing happened. It let go of me. I am grateful for all you say. It sometimes takes a little time for me to process it, but I do and life is better for it. Thank you.

  • To see and hear my nephew and nieces laugh… You can’t forget that! Or having the privilege to see a new day born and realize that God is great and He loves me!

  • Loved your post very inspiring! When I look at my family and see smiles on their faces, that in itself is amazing for me.

  • The fact that I came across this article just made my day even better. Thank you Mary Ann for the beautiful words of wisdom and Thank you Marc for this article.


  • My life is amazing (and I know it always is :) when I read something like this and realize how much I’ve learned and grown, and how I’ve come to this point in my life (I’m not 90 years old tho, I’m actually 18) when I’m so grateful for EVERYTHING in my life, everything that makes me me like Mary Ann said. It’s amazing when I can be inspired and inspire, amazing when I wake up every morning and know exactly what I’m gonna do today - be happy :)
    Hope everyone has a great day too!

  • This article truly spoke to me in a time of desperation in my life. Everything in our lives are being turned upside down right now. I need strength to get through fear and this was so wonderful. Thank you. Thank you.

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