They Were all Winners
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 sound of the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash,
but with 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.