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What's Really Important?

By Rutagengwa Claude Shema

Regional Coordinator

Great Lakes Peace Initiative (GLPI)


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     A few years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine
contestants, all physically and 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 relish to run the race to the
finish and win.

     All, that is, except one 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 paused.  Then they 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
ten minutes.

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