What matters and those who know what matters

Virginia Sellner (wch@vcn.com)
Fri, 19 Feb 1999 12:43:13 -0700 (MST)


>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 cry.  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 this one thing:  What matters 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.
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