It’s very rare to find something that brings tears to your eyes and makes you smile from ear to ear at the same time, but I found it in this heartwarming video. It has always made me feel so powerless to see a homeless person starving on the street and know that I don’t have the means to help them, but this video shows that it doesn’t cost much to make someone’s life brighter. Emilio Aparicio Rodriguez took it upon himself to make sure that a homeless woman named Andrea Chaparro and her dog did not go unnoticed. With just a donut birthday cake, a yellow hat and a birthday song, he gave Andrea a gift that she will remember for the rest of her life: compassion. Although this video is in Spanish, it speaks a universal language to your heart when you see the smile of true appreciation.
Seeing this video reminded me of a quote that author Ben Sweetland once said: “We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” The more joy we bring into others’ lives, the more happiness and fulfillment we will find in our own. Let this video inspire you to do something kind for someone who really needs it.