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Gift of Life

A Compilation of Inspirational Stories and Anecdotes

17. Donít Cry, We Are With You (Always strive for the benefit of all)

A few years ago, in the Seattle town of America, a Special Olympics was organized. On that day, nine contestants assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard race. All the nine participants were physically or mentally disabled since birth. Yet they had prepared themselves to run the race. When the gunshot was heard, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with the relish to run the race to the finish and win. Some limped, some faltered, yet kept racing ahead. All waited to see who would reach the first.

One by one, all were moving ahead. Except one very small boy. He tried hard to walk ahead but then stumbled midway and fell down. And he began to cry.

The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and paused. Then they all turned around and started walking back towards the boy. Every one of them. One girl with Downís Syndrome bent down, helped him to get up and kissed him and said, "This will make you feel better."

Then all nine contestants linked arms and walked together to the finish line.

Everyone in the stadium stood up and applauded the children. The cheering went on for not less than ten minutes. The audience could never forget this scene.

One should always strive for the benefit of all.

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Gift of Life is a compilation of stories, anecdotes and articles by Raju Baby Thaluvachira, India

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