Wednesday, February 06, 2008


A few years ago, during the Para-Olympics 
in Seattle, nine participants, all mentally 
retarded or physically challenged, had aligned 
themselves for the 100 meter hurdles. 
Although at the given signal they didn't
start exactly at that moment, nor orderly, they 
were determined to finish the race and thus win. 
All they had to do in order to win the race was 
to finish it. 
All managed to finish it, except for a 
young athlete that fell over the runway passage 
of the first hedge. Because of the pain and of 
the sorrow, he began to cry. The others hearing 
his cry came back for him. They slowed down and 
eventually they stopped. 
In that day an unprecedented situation 
occurred, eight out of the nine athletes 
returned in order to help the ninth athlete, 
which was in need of assistance. A girl with 
the down syndrome came up to the wounded to 
give him a kiss and to encourage him: 
     "Do not worry, the pain will go away." 
Although that day the world record was not
beaten from any point of view, but the race was 
finished by all nice athletes which past the 
finish line together, holding each other with 
their arms. 
The whole stadium stood up and cheered 
them for several minutes. They were even more 
enthusiastic in the presence of such a wonderful 
gesture then when a record was beaten.
     Why was this possible? 
Because we all know well, that basically, 
the most important thing in this life is not 
so much winning by yourself, but helping others 
to win as well, even if you have to slow down 
and maybe turn back to help others. 
"Getting together is a beginning; staying 
together is a step forward; working together 
is a success." 
 Henry Ford



Which Way Nigeria said...

I think that is a 'one of' but the irony is that in the race of life, it has been so constituted that we all run it alone.

Ideally, this world would be better if we learn to hold up each other; but the unfortunate reality is that, the path to success/sacrifice is always a lonely one.

Just run along!!!

Jaycee said...

wow...........if only life could be more like this each day. Sometimes we run away with competition, leaving love behind (which is more vital in life)!

felix said...

Goos stuff... the race is really won when others are carried along