April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon faced two explosions causing 2 dead and atleast 100 wounded. In the midst of this horrific incident, many first aid responders and onlookers rushed to aid those who were injured. Acts of heroism were apparent that day and this video posted by ABC news displays the courage and kindness expressed by people.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the tragedies that day. But we must not forget that in times of heartache, good will prevail.
Envision an act of sportsmanship that proves that winning is not everything.
The unexpected kind gesture in this video shows that there are greater things to be won than a game. In this high school basketball game an act of sportsmanship from an opposing team-member helps a player with a developmental disability score the basket of his high school career.
What was displayed here wasn’t a simple 2 points in a basketball game. In a world like ours where ‘winning’ and results often outweigh integrity, what occurred at this basketball game was remarkable. The coach’s willingness to play Mitchell Marcus no matter what the score was, the opposing player Jonathan Montanez’s willingness to give up a few points for a moment of victory and the crowd’s cheering and encouragement all show that no matter what the scoreboard said, everyone won that day.
Envision a man with no arms and no legs but a passion to live life unrelentingly.
Nick Vujicic the man who created a concept of “life without limbs” was born different. And yet, beyond the surface what resonates with me is not that he appears different, but rather he acts differently. You can sense it in the way he speaks that he lives each day different from you and I. After overcoming many personal obstacles, he found purpose in being a motivational speaker and showing people that with the right attitude anything is achievable.
We all fall short of perfect but what counts at the end of the day is how you face each day, how you feel when you get out of bed, how you motivate yourself and how you keep going.