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  • Once upon a time, there was a young athletic boy hungry for success, for whom winning was everything, and success was measured just by winning.

  • One day, the boy was preparing himself for a running competition in his small village, himself and two other young boys to compete.

  • A large crowd had gathered to witness the sporting spectacle and a wise old man, upon hearing of the little boy had traveled far to bear witness also.

  • The race commenced, looking like a level heat at the finishing line, but sure enough the boy dug deep and called on his determination, strength and power.

  • He took the winning line and was first.

  • The crowd was ecstatic and cheered and waved at the boy.

  • The wise man remained still and calm, expressing no sentiment.

  • The little boy, however, felt proud and important.

  • A second race was called, and two new young, fit, challengers came forward, to run with a little boy.

  • The race was started and sure enough the little boy came through and finished first once again.

  • The crowd was ecstatic again and cheered and waved at the boy.

  • The wise man remained still and calm, again expressing no sentiment.

  • The little boy, however, felt proud and important.

  • "Another race, another race!" pleaded the little boy.

  • The wise old man stepped forward and presented the little boy with two new challengers, an elderly frail lady and a blind man.

  • "What is this?", quizzed the little boy.

  • "This is no race" he exclaimed.

  • "Race!", said the wise man.

  • The race was started and the boy was the only finisher, the other two challengers left standing at the starting line.

  • The little boy was ecstatic, he raised his arms in delight.

  • The crowd, however, were silent, showing no sentiment toward the little boy.

  • "What has happened? Why not do the people join in my success?" he asked the wise old man.

  • "Race again," replied the wise man, "…this time finished together, all three of you, finished together" continued the wise man.

  • The little boy thought a little, stood in the middle of the blind man and the frail old lady, and then took the two challengers by the hand.

  • The race began and the little boy walked slowly, ever so slowly, to the finishing line and crossed it.

  • The crowd were ecstatic and cheered and waved at the boy.

  • The wise man smiled, gently nodding his head.

  • The little boy felt proud and important.

  • "Old man, I understand not! Who are the crowd cheering for? Which one of us three?", asked the little boy.

  • The wise old man looked into the little boy's eyes, placing his hands on the boy's shoulders, and replied softly

  • "Little boy, for this race you have won much more than in any race you have ever ran before, and for this race the crowd cheer not for any winner!"

  • You see in lifein your life, what are you running for?

  • Are you hungry for success?

  • Is winning the only measurement for you in your life?

  • Who are you running against?

  • And if you always win against everybody, and soon the people will stop cheering for you.

  • At the end of your life if you look back

  • The question is: "Who was running next to you, in this race?"

  • "If they were weaker and old, did you help them to get across the line?"

  • "Did you all finish together?"

  • Because that is the best race you can ever run

  • So run!

  • Run this race called "life"!

  • But don't forget, it is not important if you win.

  • It is important how you run this race.

  • This is Dare to do motivation stories.

  • Thanks for watching, and stay blessed.

Once upon a time, there was a young athletic boy hungry for success, for whom winning was everything, and success was measured just by winning.

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This Race Called Life - a beautiful inspirational short-story

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    Seraya   posted on 2020/08/18
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