The Race Story: Inspiring Story About Struggling Against Failures
Last Updated on September 19, 2022
The other day, I was reading a story on Reddit and I thought why not share it with you all? The tale tells of a young boy who was the best racer in all of the town and how an elderly and wise man taught him a lesson that stayed with him for the rest of his life.
This is something that all of us, not just him, need to learn. If you give this story your full attention and read it all the way through, you will realize how important it is to have a humble and compassionate attitude.
If you take anything away from this moving tale, I hope it’s a good one.
The Race: A Story About Values
Once upon a time, in the village of Greece, lived a boy named Alex. He was one of the finest runners in the whole country. There was no one like him. There was no one who can even compete with him, just because of his hard work, zeal, and determination towards achieving only success and nothing else.
One day a huge race competition held in Greece and thousands from around the country came to witness the lightning bolt speed of the boy. One among them, was a wise man, who heard about him from the people of his town came too.
The race began. Everybody was cheering and hooting in excitement. Alex won race after race, but asked for more.
He shouted, “Another race….“
He won that too. Then he shouted for one more, and one more until every challenger who participated lost.
Alex screamed, “Is there no worthy challenger who can beat me? Are you all scared?“
The crowd was cheering for him, chanting his name and calling him the greatest. But after few minutes, the old man broke the silence.
He shouted, “Let me bring you some challengers.“
The old man told Alex, “Why not race with my challengers, this old lady and this blind man?“
The crowd was stunned to see that, and so was Alex. He yelled at the wise man, “What is this? Are you making fun of my skills? They are not worthy opponents…“
The wise man just asked him to race. “Just race and then you’ll see, said the wise man.“
The race began and the boy as always, won. But this time nobody cheered for him. Nobody applauded and nobody chanted his name.
Alex was shocked and he asked the wise man, “Why are they not cheering now?“
The wise man replied, “In life winning is not as important as the character of the man. You won the race but you lost the respect this crowd had for you.“
Alex questioned, “But how?“
The wise man responded by saying, “The spectators would have shown their appreciation for you if you had completed the race alongside them at the same time, taking into account their condition and disability. Don’t compromise your morals on the road to stardom. Practice modesty.“
That day Alex learned a great lesson. The importance of being humble and not letting success go to your head.
The Moral Of The Story
Instead of trying to become a man of success, you should strive to become a man of value. To truly triumph, you must take the role of leader, guiding those who have previously failed and lost. Someone who doesn’t always compete but believes in winning together. Because if you will, then you will find that you have actually won.