Sunday, March 27, 2011

Challenge #18: What's Really Important?

A few years ago at the local Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally challenged, assembled at the starting line for the beginning of the 100-yard dash.  At the starter's gun they all started out, though not exactly in a dash, but with the relish to run the race to the finish and win.

All, that is, except one boy who stumbled on the track, he tumbled a few times and began to cry.  The other eight heard the boy's cry; they slowed down and paused confused.  Then, as if on a secret cue, they all turned around and went back to the fallen runner, every one of them.  One girl with Down Syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, "This will make it better."  Then all nine got up, held hands and walked together to the finish line.

Everyone in the stadium stood, and cheered for ten minutes.

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