It Feels Good To Make Others Feel Good

Whether it is parent to child, or just human to human, I love when people naturally go out of their way to be real, genuine, and caring.  I went to get some gas the other day, before I got out of the car I looked in the mirror at a not so nice pimple, and one of the guys that comes up to ask to pump gas or clean your windows gave me some good advice.  He said not to touch my face, it will cause blackheads, and that his mother used to put some alchohol on it, and I just started cracking up because he was trying to stop me from touching my face, which is not a good thing, and I told him he just made my day and gave him a couple of bucks.  Good hearted people, on the road watching each other, being kind to each other, not stuck in our heads or on our phone (guilty sometimes, working on it.)
Going out of our way to help somebody just because it is the right thing to do,
I was so touched and inspired by the story below,
Good people,
My goal is that my children grow into good, kind people helping other people,
Shabbat Shalom,
Coach Yulia

Love What Matters

“Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a Basque runner of 24 years who is considered an athlete with a big future (champion of Spain of 5,000 meters in promise category two years ago) said after the test:

‘But even if they had told me that winning would have earned me a place in the Spanish team for the European championships, I wouldn’t have done it either. I also think that I have earned more of a name having done what I did than if I had won. And that is very important, because today, with the way things are in all circles, in soccer, in society, in politics, where it seems anything goes, a gesture of honesty goes down well.’

He said at the beginning: ‘unfortunately, very little has been said of the gesture. And it’s a shame. In my opinion, it would be nice to explain to children, so they do not think that sport is only what they see on TV: violent kicks in abundance, posh statements, fingers in the eyes of the enemy …’

In the interest of kindness, please pass this on. smile emoticon


Photo and Story courtesy of John M. Sweeney

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