The real spirit of competition  

rm_mtnravyn 61M
501 posts
9/28/2005 9:00 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

The real spirit of competition

And they call some of these people "retarded". 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 in this life 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.

MillsShipsGayly 53M

9/29/2005 10:30 am

I am such a sap sometimes. Teared when I read this.

Ravyn, you seem like a cool guy. Grounded and thoughtful.

Reminded me of a story about a dad and a boy walking in the park. They saw an old man crying and the little boy ran ahead and sat down next to the old man. The dad was on his phone and didnt rush to stop the boy and was watching somewhat distracted from a distance.

When he was done he called his son back to him. After a bit, the boy came over. The dad reminded him not to get close to strangers and then asked him if he had asked the older man why he was crying.

The boy said he didn't and his dad asked what they talked about. The boy said "nothing". The dad asked "what were you doing" then? The boy said "I was just helping him cry"

Sometimes I cant tell a story worth a lick, but you get the gist of it. Just thought I'd share.

Children can be so pure....

rm_mtnravyn 61M
890 posts
9/29/2005 11:18 am

Thanks to you both for stopping by

ExploreMore4Me 60F

10/4/2005 3:48 pm

Dear Ravyn...My sister is a Downe's Syndrome person. She's an adult now in biological age, her innocence is unchanged to this day. She too participated in many Special Olympics here in New York State when she was younger. Each time I attended these events I was reminded that intelligence is such a poor advisor. Innocence and Love are the true champions in life. I know, I still see her smiling when she looks at me, just as she smiled when she often crossed a finish line. You are a special soul my friend! Thank you for being in blogville!


Hugs & Kisses!


rm_mtnravyn 61M
890 posts
10/5/2005 11:56 am

Thank you my friends for your visit and your comments.

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