I have just read this and I want to share it with all of you as it describes the promise of who we are as human beings trying to discover identities for ourselves.
A few years ago in the Seattle Special Olympics nine people assembled at the start line for the 100m dash. This was an unusual bunch as they were all suffering from mental or physical handicaps. At the sound of the starters gun they all surged forward except one boy who fell on the asphalt, rolled over a few times and started crying.
The other eight up ahead heard the crying and all looked back to see what is happening. Everyone of them turned and ran back to the young boy. A girl with Downs Syndrome bent down and kissed the boy and said “This will make it better for you.” They helped the little lad up and linked arms, all nine of them, and walked towards the end line and crossed it as one.
Every single person sitting in the stadium stood and cheered for several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story years later, that’s how I got to hear it.
Because deep down inside of us, we know, what matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves! What matters is reaching out to help others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our course.
My work is not about making money or being someone important. My work for the last 29 years has being to create a shift for everyone to win. The 4th purpose ‘creating a world that works for everyone with none left out.’ This civilization is the only one that has the opportunity to fulfill the promise of who we are as human being’s. We have made more strides in enhancing the atomic bomb in the last 50 years than sorting out our relationships and creating an environment of peace.
I invite you to be my partner in creating an environment in which we can start to create leadership for everyone to be OK.