Strike and Spare was the hosting site for Special Olympics' Bowl for the Gold! I figure there are more than 3,000 members on Nashville Music Pros, so, being the personable guy that I am, am saying hi to all these people who look like musicians, producers, engineers, artists, and publishers. Well, who knows what creative people look like, so,off I went on a hand shaking campaign.
I met the most friendly folks you would want to meet, all in one place. But I knew that would be the case. Remember the story floating around on the internet about the Special Olympics?
A few years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or 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 a 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 looked back. They all 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."
All nine linked arms and walked across the finish line together.
Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story. Why? Because deep down we know this one thing:
What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves.
What truly matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our course.
Is it a true story? I don't know, but I won't ask Snopes either because the story captures a Spirit that transcends a website's opinion.
Eight (8) people from Nashville Music Pros showed up.