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.
that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a
couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry.
slowed down and looked back. Then they all turned around and went
back......every one of them.
girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, "This will make it
better." Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line.
Everyone in the stadium stood, the cheering went on for several minutes.
who were there are still telling the story.... Why? Because deep down we know
this one thing: What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves.
What matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down
and changing our course.
may be able to change our hearts as well as someone else's. "A candle loses
nothing by lighting another candle"