As I was walking from one gym to another at our State Basketball Competition I saw him. He was sitting on the floor with his back against the wall – crying. Judging by his sweat-saturated jersey, I assumed he was feeling the agony of defeat, as his team had just lost a close game. I sat down next to him prepared to offer a lesson on losing, when this broken voice muttered “I’m sad. I just don’t want this day to end.”
Endings can be hard on all of us. I struggled to find words, and thankfully found them in the form of a question? “Are you going to be competing in Poly Hockey?” His eyes lit up, and his answer was a resounding “YES!”
It was yet another great Special Olympics moment – a reminder that viewing the end of one thing as the beginning of the next is a healthy perspective for all of us.