From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

December 13

My sister Cynthia began volunteering at a local hospital the summer she was 16. Occasionally I would stop by and walk her home.

One day I found her in the room of a young boy whose eyes were heavily bandaged. I heard my sister describing what she saw from his window—the blue sky, the garden with clusters of flowers and leafy green shrubs.

Suddenly, she moved to the window and said with excitement, “A little brown and white spotted terrier just jumped into the garden. Now he’s running around in circles, stopping to dig holes. He’s having such fun, David.”

I heard the boy laugh out loud, and his face lit up with excitement underneath the bandage.

“Oh, oh,” Cynthia said,“looks like the fun is over. One of the staff just came out and chased him off.”

I waited patiently for my sister at the nurse’s station. She arrived soon after, happy as always. When I joined that boy in seeing the world through my sister’s eyes, I found myself looking into her heart.

Robert C. Fuentes

The human heart is seen
through the people it influences.

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