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08/27/2012

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Really sweet message, Michael ... and true!
Especially the paragraph "Transform the lives of those who teach your children ..."
thank you xoxo

A STORY ABOUT NATURE OF CHILDREN

Years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants lined up at the starting line for the 100 yard dash. At the sound of the starting gun, they all started off in their own way, making their best effort to run down the track toward the finish line. That is, except for the one young boy who stumbled soon after his start, tumbled to the ground and began to cry. Two of the other racers, hearing the cries of the boy who fell, slowed down and looked back at him. Then without hesitation, they turned around and began running in the other direction—toward the injured boy.

While the other contestants struggled to make it to the finish line, the two who had turned around to run in the other direction reached for the boy and helped him to his feet. All three of them then linked arms and together they walked to the finish line. By the time the trio reached the end, everyone in the stands was standing and cheering, some with tears rushing down their faces.

I also remember watching a movie once about Australian Aborigines who were being taught basketball - however, they had no sense of competing against another team, so they would ALL go to one end of the court or the other - and apparently could not be taught to play teams.

Michael - you may know this story - but it fits with what the voice was saying - how natural it is for children to help each other and not to compete.

A great video about someone who is bringing the children forward who are trapped in sexual slavery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKzDtYJR2b4&feature=player_embedded

BRINGING THE CHILDREN FORWARD

Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: "I can." Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/kiran_bir_sethi_teaches_kids_to_take_charge.html

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