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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 little boy who stumbled on
the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry. The other
eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and looked back. Then 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." Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish
Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for
several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story.
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.