Here is a story that has been doing the rounds of the internet and email for many years.
Though I am not sure whether this is exactly what really happened or if at all, it does have a wonderful message for all of us.
It reminds me of the old adage that you can get everything you want in your life, by helping others get what they want.
So take what you can from this story, regardless of whether it is fact or fiction:-
Some time ago, at the Seattle Olympics, nine athletes, all mentally or physically challenged, were standing on the start line for the 100 m race.
The gun fired and the race began. Not everyone was running, but everyone wanted to participate and win.
They ran in threes, a boy tripped and fell, did a few somersaults and started crying.
The other eight heard him crying.
They slowed down and looked behind them.
They stopped and came back… All of them…
A girl with Down’s Syndrome sat down next to him, hugged him and asked, “Feeling better now?”
Then, all nine walked shoulder to shoulder to the finish line.
The whole crowd stood up and applauded. And the applause lasted a very long time…
People who witnessed this still talk about it.
Because deep down inside us, we all know that the most important thing in life is much more than winning for ourselves.
The most important thing in this life is to help others to win. Even if that means slowing down and changing our own race.
So who can YOU help today?
Post-script:- I recently found that there is an element of truth to this truth.
Check out this Snopes update to find out what really happened – still a remarkable story.