Helping Others

This year
All years
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 line. 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 is 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.

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another."