Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Makes me think

Found a cool new site: Makes Me Think.
It's a thought-provoking online community where people share daily life stories that inspire change.

Sometimes the most random everyday encounters force us to stop and rethink the 'truths' and perceptions we have ingrained in our minds.

This reminds me of a favorite Oliver Wendell Holmes quote:
"A mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size."

Here’s a sample of 5 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

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