Together We Win

Friends I would like to share with you an inspirational experience, which I came across sometime back. At a special Olympics, nine contestants , all physically or mentally challenged, assembled at the starting signal, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. One of the contestants a little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and looked 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 their arms together and finally reached the destination. 

Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went for several minutes. People who were there 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 it means slowing down and changing our course. I would say that you do not have to slow down. Rather by helping difficult areas, the feedback will make you faster. If you pass this on, we may be able to change our hearts as well as someone else’s. A candle loses nothing by lightning another candle.

Excerpt from Article by late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in Manorama Yearbook 2015.

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  1. These are the stories we should celebrate, the stories of when we come together, when we share love as it is meant to be shared. So very truthful and inspirational. I have always loved the quote, ” A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” So many times I hear people ask what will they get in return for sharing themselves, their love, their skills. We each are here to support each other, with each our own unique gift to give. If we all give, we all thrive. Thank you so much for writing and sharing this.

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