Monday, 2 July 2012

Seattle Special Olympics

A few years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine
contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at
the starting line for the 100 yard dash.

At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with
a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is,
except one boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple
of times and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy. They
slowed down and looked back. They all turned around and went
back. Every one of them. One girl with Down's Syndrome bent down
and kissed him and said," This will make it better." All nine
linked arms and walked across the finish line together. Everyone
in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several
minutes.

People who were there are still telling the story. Why?
Because deep down we know one thing.
What matters most in this life is more than winning for
ourselves. What truly matters in this life is helping others win,
even if it means slowing down and changing our course.