There are some truly amazing people in this world. Upon first glance, they might look like ordinary people to you and I, but in reality they have hearts of gold. This next story illustrates how good things happen to good people.
Billy Ray Harris, a homeless man from Kansas City, found an engagement ring worth $4,000 while he was sitting on the street corner collecting money one sunny day. When he found the ring, he immediately recognized its distinct characteristics and knew to whom it belonged. He waited patiently to return it.
When Billy finally came across Sarah Darling, the rightful owner of the ring, he immediately returned it to her without blinking an eye. That evening, Sarah surprised her fiancé with the amazing news and told him all about the wonderful Billy Ray Harris.
Sarah’s fiancé, Bill Krejci, wanted to return the favor to Billy and help him out. So Bill decided to set up a website in Billy’s honor whereby he could share Billy’s story with the world and raise money to help him pursue a better future.
Mr. Krejci’s website became a huge hit and Billy became a star practically overnight. Mr. Krejci managed to raise over $180,000, which billy used to buy a house, a car, and to turn around his life.
The best part of the whole story is that Billy Ray Harris got so much publicity from his kind gesture that he was able to reconnect with his estranged family after not having seen or heard from them in more than 16 years. Even better, he finally got to meet the nieces and nephews that he never knew he had. His family is very proud of him and, better yet, they are now trying to catch up on all of the long lost years apart.
There are some good people out there in the world. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you come from or which socioeconomic class you belong to, at the end of the day, we are all human and we all have a heart and soul. Billy could have traded this ring and probably walked away with $3,000 or $4,000 in his pocket, but his heart told him to do the right thing.
Until today, Sarah, Bill and Billy remain good friends. I’m sure every time Sarah stares at her ring she thinks of the amazing deed that she and her husband did for Billy. We can see that one small deed creates a ripple effect and can come back and reward you with something truly amazing. Honesty and integrity will get you very far in life. No matter how hard or strange it might be, the truth will always set you free. I can only begin to imagine what Sarah went through losing that ring. It’s as if she had a guardian angel watching over her and making sure that the ring literally fell into the right hands.
At the end of the day though these three individuals are the true diamonds, and the story that they shared with us can help us as individuals polish our lives.