Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Is there something better than competition?

Who is the winner?

It was a Sports Stadium. Eight Children were standing on the track to participate in a running event.
“ Ready! “ “ Steady! “ Bang !!!
With the sound of a toy pistol, all eight girls started running.
Hardly had they covered ten to fifteen steps, when one of the smaller girls slipped and fell down. Due to bruises and pain she started crying.
When the other seven girls heard the little girl cry they stopped running, stood for a while and turned back. Seeing the girl on the track they all ran to help.
One among them bent down, picked her up and kissed her gently. And enquired as to how she was. They then lifted the fallen girl pacifying her.
Two of them held her firmly while all seven joined hands together and walked together towards the winning post........ ..
There was pin drop silence at the spectator’s stand.
Officials were shocked. Slow claps multiplied to thousands as the spectators stood up in appreciation. Many eyes were filled with tears. And, perhaps even God’s! YES.!! This happened in Hyderabad [INDIA], recently!
The sport was conducted by National Institute of Mental Health. All these special girls had come to participate in this event. They were spastic children.
Yes, they were Mentally Challenged.
What did they teach the WORLD.? Teamwork? Humanity? Equality among all?? Victory of love and compassion over competition??? Successful people help others who are slow in learning So that they are not left far behind. This is really a great message... Spread it.! We never do this because we have brains !!!!

[With some changes, from Catholic News Update Asia III – 118; 15 Feb. ‘10]

as quoted in Ganga Lahar, Newsletter of the Patna Jesuits, March 2010


Suree said...

this is very old incident ... it has been used in lotta movies too

An Ordinary Gal said...

It was great. Thanks for sharing it was so wonderful to read :)

ANWESA said...

Its a touching incident.I think you taught something valuable here.
Thanks lil' Priya :)

nisha said...

thanx for sharing...sumtimezz we hav to learn such thingzz from simple act of others...spastic children...they r realy special ..special gift of god to dis world...

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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Yes, it's a beautiful article worth spreading around. These special children taught us the value of real caring and loving our fellowmen over and above one's aspirations for self glory. May we all learn a lesson from these simple girls that to love and care for others is better than one's quest for acclaim and adulation of the world. Thanks for the feel good post my young friend. God bless you and your loved ones always.

Suresh Kumar said...

Nice to read this here. Now those girls are really special.

Devil Incarnate... said...

That was a very touching one, thnx for sharing dear... sme small deeds may hav a big impact on ppls mind..

V. Archana said...

i read o that :) good one pj. :)

R. Ramesh said...

vallah..wonderful post boss..cheers

Saranya S said...

Good good! CLAPS :p tc!!

Amity said...

You made me cry here Priya...honestly...

Thanks for sharing this very meaningful reminds us of so many things...they can do it, these special children, why can't we?

Great post really! Thumbs up my dear Priya...your post can make a difference... :)

Tulika said...

I had goosebumps reading this.

It shook sth deep inside me.
Noble. Selfless. Wise.


Anonymous said...

Hi im new to this board i hope i will be able to help & contribute here because iv learned a huge amount myself.


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