Acts of Kindness Rule… and They’re Truly Golden

No matter which religion one adheres to – or even if they have no religion – they probably don’t have a problem with the Golden Rule.

It reads: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Notice it does not say, “Do unto others as they do unto you.” That’s more like an eye for an eye.

The Golden Rule is all about treating people how you would like to be treated. Can you imagine what our world would be like if everyone followed it?

Today I want to tell you about some people who have done exactly that in recent days. Not for attention or applause. But because it was the right thing to do.

Field Trip Seemed Doubtful

Enter 10-year-old girl, Ryan King. She’s a fourth grader at Tully Elementary School near Louisville, Kentucky.

Ryan has spina bifida. It’s a birth defect. It happens when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly.

She’s in a wheelchair most of the time. She’s able to go on most field trips her class takes. But one was coming up that might keep her home.

The class was going to see exposed fossil beds along the Ohio River. To get there, they’d have to hike through the Falls of the Ohio State Park.

That would require walking up and down on uneven rocks. A wheelchair wouldn’t be able to handle it.

Disabled Girl Gets Daylong Piggy-Back Ride

Ryan’s mother said it wouldn’t be the first field trip her daughter would miss. And she understands that.

But she feels bad for her daughter when Ryan hears classmates talk about how much fun they had on a trip.

As the day grew closer, elementary teacher Jim Freeman volunteered to carry Ryan. She’d be strapped to his back all day.

Ryan enjoyed the experience. Ryan’s mom said, “I don’t think (Freeman) had any idea what a big impact he was going to make on so many different people.”

Bullied Boy Gets Incredible Gift

This next story is about a couple of boys who saw a classmate being bullied. And what they did about it.

Michael Todd said his first few weeks at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School were rough.

Students frequently made fun of him for wearing the same clothes everyday. Michael said his mom wasn’t able to purchase new clothes for him.

Up stepped two of the school’s football players – Antwan Garrett and Kristopher Graham. They went through their closets, collecting clothes and shoes Todd could wear, and gave them to him.

Ellen Shares Their Story

“When I saw people laugh at him and bully him, I felt like I needed to do something,” Graham said.

“I almost cried when he told me (we were) the only two to actually ever give him a gift.”

A video of the the selfless action went viral. People from other states were offering to send clothes to Todd.

When Ellen Degeneres heard what happened, she arranged to have all three boys on her show to talk about it.

Will Smith Makes Surprise Appearance

But that’s not all. As a surprise to the boys, Ellen brought out actor Will Smith to meet them.

Smith praised the football players for their act of kindness. He said, “What you did felt small to you. But, that is exactly how human beings are supposed to interact with one another.”

Smith then handed out gear to the kids from New Balance. It’s a sports footwear and apparel manufacturer. He also said he would deliver gear to all 600 kids in their school.

And to top it all off, Ellen presented each boy with a $10,000 check from Shutterfly, a show partner.

Nurse Aids Accident Victims

Last but not least, here’s an unlikely story that touched many hearts after being shared on social media.

About a year ago, bikers from the Milwaukee Iron motorcycle group were involved in an accident in Denver, Indiana.

Daryn Sturch had her 8-year-old daughter, Bryanne, in the car with her. She could have driven around the accident. Instead, she stopped and went to their aid.

The bikers didn’t forget. They kept in touch with Sturch. And last month they went out of their way to do something extra.

Bikers Return the Favor

One day Bryanne set up her lemonade stand under a tent in Chili, Indiana.

Little did she know that a long line of bikers would appear. They were waiting to get lemonade from her.

Sturch said, “My big takeaway is that I really want people to step back and understand that we can look differently, talk differently, dress differently (and) have different interests.

“But just because we are different doesn’t mean that we don’t share the same core values. It’s about respect, love, kindness and the desire to serve others.”

Next time you do an act of kindness, you probably won’t have a line of bikers waiting to drink your lemonade. You probably won’t be handed $10,000. And you probably won’t be carried around on someone’s back all day.

But you’ll be doing exactly what we were designed for… doing unto others as we would have them do to us.

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