Homeless Man Returns Engagement Ring

This story was too cute not to share! I firmly believe good deeds always come back to you in some way or another and this is a perfect example!!
Billy Ray Harris returned an engagement ring and the media storm helped him find his family
Billy Ray Harris, 55, is starting over after doing one good deed helped him turn his life around.Attending a family reunion recently, many thought Harris was dead. They were thrilled and delighted to find him well and very much alive. Harris himself was shocked at the course of events that brought him here.
It had been more than 16 years since Harris gad seen anyone from his family. It was his sister, Robin Harris Williams, who recognized her big brother’s face when she saw a story online about a homeless man who returned an engagement ring. The story had gone viral otherwise she might not have seen it.
Billy Ray had been standing on a street corner in Kansas City, Mo. holding out his cup in hopes of generating some donations. Sarah Darling had left him a donation and along with it, had accidentally dropped her engagement ring in the cup. Harris didn’t spot the ring until he was packing it in for the day.Curious, Harris took the ring to a local jeweler for an appraisal. The jeweler offered him $4,000 for the ring. Harris could have used that kind of money and considered accepting the offer. Instead, he chose to hold onto it for a few days to see if the owner returned. A couple of days later, Sarah Darling returned.The story of Billy Ray’s honesty and integrity hit the media and led to him being reunited with his family. Robin says it means the world to her to have her big brother back in her life.
Robin says she began yelling as soon as she saw her brother’s picture in the article. Living in Texas, about 490 miles away, she was still able to track him down and let other family members know.
Harris’ brother Edwin Harris and sisters Elsie “EJ” Johnson and Nellie E. Vaughn also attended the reunion. Vaughn said Robin had been looking for Billy ray all this time and this was very good news.
Harris had long given up on ever seeing his family again though he never stopped worrying about them. He said he lost touch back in the 90’s. It was a rough time for him. He was depressed and on the verge of giving up.

As for Sarah Darling, she and her husband Bill Krejci have become very attached to Billy Ray. They have established a donation fund to help him out. Sarah had hoped to raise $4,000 to give Billy Ray because that was the amount he could have gotten for her ring. The fundraiser has surpassed her wildest dreams with more than 8,000 people making donations that total more than $183,000 and counting.

The experience has led to a new part-time job, some new friends and a place to sleep. With his arm around his little sister, Harris says he has it all now.

Ethnic Cleansing Of The Rohingya In Burma

Been wanting to blog about this for a while now. I don’t even think most of you are aware of what is going on in Burma at the moment due to the lack of media coverage, while the media are focussing on 1 person who died here and 14 people who died there (which I believe is also important) I don’t understand why any mainstream media have failed to cover more than 30,000 people brutally slaughtered  in Burma through Ethnic cleansing.

Oppression of the Rohingya has been going on for the last 17 years although even in the 1700’s the Muslims in that region fled to British Bengal for protection so it has been an ongoing issue for centuries. The UN call them the most persecuted minorities in the world yet WHERE ARE THE UN NOW? The Rohingya are Muslim people living in their “homeland” Burma where they are being brutally raped, burned and slaughtered by the Rakhine Buddhists for being muslim. There are videos of the Buddhists asking children to convert to Buddhism and when they say no the monks slaughter them or burn them alive (type Burma Massacre into google Images but be prepared for some very disgusting images that you will never forget). There are pictures of babies being burned in a pile, pictures of children being chopped in half…they are on a killing spree, literally killing any muslims in sight.  The Rohingya are trapped, they have tried to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh who have kept guards along the coast refusing them entry so even the ones who get away die on open waters through starvation. No country had come to their aid until today! Turkey has gone in to try and help the situation.

I hope when you read this you are not forming opinions about Buddhists the way that people formed opinions about Muslims after 9/11. That is not what I am setting out to do, these Buddhists are not even Buddhists as just like Islam their religion is a peaceful one. Just like muslim terrorists they are a few individuals going against their religion and I’m sure other Buddhists who follow their religion correctly are ashamed of them.

I know you think you can’t make a difference but you can! There are petitions circulating in your local mosques which you can sign and will be shown to our government to send aid and give the situation more media coverage. I found this one online http://www.thepetitionsite.com/994/047/930/help-to-save-muslim-in-burma-from-being-massacre-and-genocide-in-burma-help-spread-the-words

Share this blog to help spread word of what is happening. You can watch a video here and here that will tell you more and just google it, there’s plenty out there but be prepared for some very disturbing images

Hope you sign the petition and be a part of a change for the better, you CAN save lives

Love Zohra x

The Story Of The Pencil

I’m currently reading “Like the Flowing River” by Paulo Coelho, Its a book filled with short stories and they all have valuable morals. I loved this little gem so I thought I would share it with you:

A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked:
‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’
His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson:
I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.’
Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.
‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’
‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.’
‘First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’
‘Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpner. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.
‘Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.’
‘Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’
‘Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. in just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action’