Thursday, May 05, 2005


Some people understand life better, and they call some of these people retarded???"

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...

Ten 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, 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

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." I think people are like candles. There are those that just burn down until there's nothing left and there are those that light other candles along the way. I have been blessed by so many candles in my life. Those special individuals who lit a path for me will always have a place in my heart and mean more to me than they will ever know.

...and I will continue to carry their light for them...burn my candle bright in their honor. I will light others along the way, as I have been so lucky to have happen to me!


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Annejelynn said...

Daly - you are a sweetheart! I needed this reminder. Thank you.