Today’s change is inspired by a recent story I heard from CNN of Billy Ray Harris, a homeless man who returned a woman’s diamond engagement ring, that she had accidentally dropped it in his donation cup. The article talked of karma because money is being raised for his good deed, which will be given to him (currently over $173,000). At the heart of this story, two people were simply doing everyday gestures that in their heart and mind were the right thing to do – she gave money to someone who needs the help, and he returned something to it’s rightful owner.
I love hearing stories of generosity, people giving without effort or acknowledgement to those who need it, and the fundraising is certainly a wonderful sentiment. What struck me though, is what Mr. Harris had to say when asked about getting so much attention and the reward for his deed…
…”I like it, but I don’t think I deserve it,” he said.
“What I actually feel like is, ‘what has the world come to when a person who returns something that doesn’t belong to him and all this happens?'” Harris said.
Mr. Harris has a valid point. Imagine if everyone did the right thing, just because it is the right thing to do? It really would be mind-blowing.