Nearly every day I have friends, family and pages I follow – just as you follow mine I hope – (if not, click here to visit Modern Father Online’s Facebook page) share videos, mostly from YouTube but sometimes on other video-sharing websites. There are some really funny ones, there are some great new songs and some rather terrible ones (Rebecca Black, I’m pointing the finger at you), there are some great dancers, and some awesome stunts, and who doesn’t love a cleverly crafted flash mob? But the thing I love most is when people share those ones that are inspiring. The ones that either make you cry tears of joy, or that bring a smile to your face, or that do both at. the. same. time.
I love comedy. I would watch a sitcom over a drama any day. Well maybe not Two Broke Girls or Two and a Half Men, I find both to have contrived and poorly set-up comedy and most of it is based on putting someone down and that really goes against what I am show casing here.
As much as I am well aware, the substance of any Adam Sandler movie is the equivalent of eating fairy floss or cotton candy to my North American readers (these sugary foods have no nutritional value, just as Mr Sandler’s movies have little mental impact), but still, given a choice between one of his films and an action movie where the body count is high, I would rather watch his. A laugh, as few as you might get in Happy Madison Production movie, is still something I would rather hope for than being “entertained” by killings.
And there is lots of comedy being shared. The folks at CollegeHumor have some cool stuff, Jimmy Kimmel Live is a great channel, whilst communitychannel generally has something that at the very least makes me smirk. There are plenty of amateurs producing comedy and for the most part, all lot of it is miss rather than hit.
But when someone shares something with emotional value, when they share it with a comment or there’s a comment made by the page they’re sharing it from, and that comment is something along the lines of “try not to cry when watching this” I find that it is almost a 100% strike rate for it actually being something emotionally connecting enough to bring a tear to my eye.
This week there have been quite a few shared by friends or pages and some that have just gone viral in the last few days throughout the confines of social media. And whilst I’m sure you might be part of the more than 16 million people who have watched the WestJet Christmas Miracle video, that’s the first cab of the rank that I want to present to you.
WestJet Christmas Miracle
Just watch it. It doesn’t need explaining…
Guy Brings His White Girl To Barbershop In Harlem And Gets Hated On
The Primetime: What Would You Do? series of videos from the television show on the ABC Network in America always has inspiring videos. Just this week a friend shared this one. My friend is of Fijian Indian decent and is married to a “white girl.” Now I hope that he is just sharing this because, like me, he feels this is an inspirational and touching video and not because he or his wife have ever been in this position. They are individually two of the nicest people I have ever met, so I am sure, collectively they are the perfect couple, and along with their three gorgeous daughters, they are one big mixed bag of happiness.
A Deaf Girls Plays The Violin – Pantene Commercial
Sure she has nice silky hair (no doubt thanks to Pantene), but this is four minutes of brilliance. A short story that would sit beautifully in a short film festival and really doesn’t push the product down ones throat, it just plays and then finishes of with a tag line (which I won’t spoil). And as corny as it is, it doesn’t sit wrong with me. It doesn’t sound contrived and I am a card carrying member of the Cynics Society.
Zach Sobiech KS95 Largest “Clouds” Choir
I only heard Zach’s story this week when the following video was shared by a page I follow. Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer which mostly strikes children when he was 14 and he died two weeks after his 15th birthday. After he was diagnosed he wrote this song. You can watch his studio recording of this song by clicking here but watching the largest choir version shows how someone, no matter how little time they lived on this planet with us, can touch so many people. Personally, I don’t believe in Heaven, but I believe that people who positively impact people’s lives with live on forever and achieve immortality.
Roberto D’Angelo + Francesca Fedeli: In our baby’s illness, a life lesson
This is a video from the TED Talks series. If you have never heard of it, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”. I drove back home to Sydney from Melbourne on Saturday, 28th May 2011. I will never forget that trip home. I had just spent the week in Melbourne at a work conference and exhibition the company I work for were exhibiting at. My boss flew from our head office in Brisbane to Sydney to accompany me on the 871km drive to Melbourne towing a trailer with goods and displays for our stand behind us. But he stayed behind when the show was over leaving me to make the 10 hour drive home alone. I will always remember the date (well it IS in my work calendar) but even more so because it was the date of TEDx in Sydney and I listened to the live broadcast on our government run national broadcaster.
Since then I try to listen to many of the inspiring talks that people from all walks of life give. TED features political leaders, scientists and doctors, philosophers and writers; people who are household names. And then there are people who, well, are just people living their lives and who have something to share…
What is your favourite YouTube video that has brought a tear to your eye or made you feel inspired to make this world a better place? Please share links in the comments below or share them on my Facebook page.