Motivational or Inspirational

The Beggar At My Car Window Who Refused to Take My Money

A beggar scared the living daylight out of me when he knocked at my car window to ask for money at a time when my life was a real struggle. He then refused to take my money before leaving me with with advice that was exactly what I needed to hear.

Bigotry, Intolerance, and “Morality”

This is a topic I've wanted to talk about for a while: bigotry, intolerance, and the concept of "morality." And how those things are so friggin' connected.

The Reason We’re Getting Fatter is Not What We All Think

I don't think it's the rise in fast food chains, or the move to sedentary jobs. I think it is something else altogether, and I think the answer is simple...

Do You Know Why Lasting Happiness is SO Hard for Most of Us?

Why is happiness is seemingly always just within reach, yet always just out of reach for most people? I think the answer is impossibly simple...

An Open Letter to Americans

With the annual celebration of our great nation just around the corner, there are a few things I'd like to say to those who call this country home...

Either Get Beside Me or Get Run Over!

There are these people in your life who are more or less *ruining* your life. Problem is, you don't know it because they have a smile on their faces...

A Truly Powerful and Gut-Wrenching Countdown

This twenty-one year old man counts down the years of his life. So powerfully and masterfully done. Just watch.

Life is Good, My Friends. Life is good. Even though…

You know that place we get to in life where we want to wipe everyone else's smiles off with steel scrubbers? I was there. And then a chain reaction happened...

The Unexpected Group of People Who Saved Me

There's this very special group of people that recently came into my life. They have changed me forever. And I didn't even know I needed it until I met them...

Your secrets! Ugh.

Today I want to be pretty blunt, if I may. Tough love today just might mean having everything you want tomorrow.

Say Something, I’m Giving Up On You

We all know the song. But I wonder how many of us really realize how powerful it can be if we sing it to the *right* person... I did, and it changed everything.

A Letter from Tobi

Tobi, the mother of seven who we have all rallied around these last couple days, wrote this letter to share with all of you. Stop making me cry, Tobi!

A Letter from AJ

Last night AJ wrote this letter and is letting me share it with all of you. It's his response to what we did for Tobi, their seven children, and him...

How One Girl with Down’s Changed the Very Definition of Intelligence

Her name was Carissa. My sister. She died six years ago. And while she lived, I believe she changed the very definition of intelligence for all of us forever.

Whose Life is it Anyway?

What if the answer isn't that you should find a way to be happy in the life you have? What if the answer is to take the very steps that everybody else thinks are stupid, weak, or wrong?

When Life Does What She Does and Derails Our Goals

As I sat shoving Funyuns in my face, I couldn't help but wonder why I sometimes let such minor speed bumps derail my bigger life goals. Why we all do. And what it means about me and you and everybody...

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Stuck Beside a Crying Woman

I wrote this after finding myself stuck on the freeway next to a woman who was uncontrollably sobbing in the next car over... About what, I'll never know...

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I Guess You Had to Be There: The Super Bird

It’s kind of sad that sometimes the coolest things ever are completely inexplainable. Or at least the awesomeness of them are. Like the story of the super bird.