Anthony Griffith is a comedian, actor, storyteller and motivational speaker. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson three times in the late '80s and another three times with Jay Leno hosting. He's also been on The Bernie Mac Show and appeared in several feature films.
What Griffith may be best known for, however, is his 2003 appearance at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo. The theme of the evening was "When Worlds Collide" and Griffith took the stage to tell the powerful and heartbreaking story of losing his 2-year-old daughter to cancer in 1990.
Griffith's account of the pain and grief that he went through as he struggled to balance a career as a comedian at night while tending to his sick little girl during the day is one of the most powerful things you will ever witness.
We've seen this video more than once ... and it never fails to water eyes and leave people in stunned silence. If you've seen it before, watch it again. It is a poignant reminder that you never know what kind of suffering someone is going through behind a smile. It is a way to remember that all people suffer, that everybody hurts and that before we rush to judgement or jump to conclusions, we should endeavor to offer people the benefit of the doubt and, above all else, appreciate the people we love in our lives: they could be taken from us at any time.
This video was presented by The Moth, which describe itself on its Web page as a "not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling."
Here is Anthony Griffith telling his story "The Best of Times, The Worst of Times":
If you go home tonight and give your kid an extra hug or visit a friend you haven't seen in a while or call someone you love and tell them you appreciate them right now, that's better than any comment you could leave on this article.
So please do that.