Homeless man’s honest act goes viral
February 14, 2013


I wanted to write a post that would be relevant to Valentine’s Day, but I absolutely couldn’t think of anything to write that wasn’t cutesy or cliché. Then I remembered overhearing a story on the news this morning that put a smile on my face. Perhaps a story about a heartwarming act of integrity is just as relevant as any other post I could have written.

Earlier this week, a homeless man in Kansas City, Missouri was asking for change as he usually did. A woman dropped some change in his cup, and accidentally left the man something else as well – her engagement ring. Instead of pawning the ring for thousands of dollars, Billy Ray Harris waited until the woman returned and immediately handed it over. The story has since received national media coverage.

We can all learn from Harris’s level of integrity. He chose to do the right thing, even when he could have greatly benefited from selling the ring. What would you have done if you were in his situation? I can honestly say that I am unsure.

Valentine’s Day exists to remind us to show love to others. Showing a stranger love can be a powerful act, and I think Harris acts as a great example of this. Today, I hope that we all remember to “love thy neighbor” just as much as we love our significant others, family, friends, pet, etc. Wouldn’t this world be such a happier place?