Giving is the best form of communication.

Today, this video has been posted on our Facebook, Twitter, and now WordPress.

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When I began watching this video, the first thing I noticed was the poverty-stricken community that it was set in. I then assumed that this video’s premise was to evoke enough emotion out of me and the other viewers to donate something like a dollar a day to the less fortunate, and because, as I’ve said many times, I am a huge emotion-loving sap, I intensely kept watching. I watched as the middle-aged female shop owner scolded the little boy who stole from her and I kept watching as the middle-aged man came over to see what was going on.

At first I wasn’t sure what the little boy had taken from the woman until the older man had asked if the little boys mom was sick. I sat in pain as I watched the ashamed little boy stand with his head down awaiting his punishment because I knew that the little boy just wanted his mom to be better, and possibly was even told by his mother to steal the medicine. When the older male shop owner not only bought the medicine but made the little boy soup to take home to his mom, my heart was filled with warmth again. The little boy was in shock by the mans generosity despite his prior thieving actions. The male shop owner knew he would not be re-payed by the little boy or his mom but gave without question and expectation.

As the video continued and thirty years had past, you were able to see the unfaltering character of the now even older shop owner who had helped the little boy. He was constantly giving and continuously loving. He gave without expecting or thinking twice, even when his daughter gave him looks of confusion and even annoyance. The story took a turn when the shop owner fell and hit his head, sending him into the hospital with a major brain injury. If this wasn’t heartbreaking enough, it caused his daughter to be left with taking care of him, his shop, and all of his increasing medical expenses.

Putting myself in the daughters shoes, knowing how difficult it is to experience a loved one sick/hurt/dying, I also sat in pain as I watched her cry at her fathers hospital bedside. It was then the daughter noticed an envelope on the bed. She opened it and it said that all of her fathers medical expenses had been taken care of 30 years ago with a bowl of soup and medicine that he had given to a little boy in the streets. The letter stating her father had no medical expenses was signed by the doctor; it was the doctor who the shop owner helped 30 years ago.

This shot chills down my spine and made me realize the power of giving– not just because of how the now grown little boy re-payed the older shop owner, but because without the help of the shop owner thirty years ago, the little boy might not have even been able to become a doctor. It is the smallest acts of kindness that can really change someones life.

This video truly shows how “giving is the best form of communication” because even though this video was set in an entirely different culture from mine, with a language other than English, I was still able to receive such a strong message from it, and you know what is even more incredible?… At the end of the video, I wasn’t even asked to donate a dollar a day to children in need… but I have this overwhelming feeling inside me that very much wants to. This is how you know the message was received. — Give without expectation.

Now, obviously I am not telling everyone to run out and donate all of your money to various shelters and charities, but I am just wanting to remind you that the next time you are in a situation where you have the opportunity to give, I hope you remember that giving is the best form of communication. It just could change someones life… even your own.

Ashley Rosa
Communications Coordinator