By Len Foxworth
Sometimes you are lucky and are given an opportunity to participate in
special events in a special way for people of different characters and
Such an opportunity was given to several Texas Department of Criminal
Rarely do you see the benefits when you do volunteer work, but this
weekend in Arlington the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics
was an event that touched the lives of these volunteers.
Special jobs were assigned to a variety of volunteers.
There were positions of the starters for the races, the huggers who
cheered the participants on and then were hugged at the finish line, and
those who were allowed to give out the medals.
What you feel when you participate in these kinds of events is embodied
in a spiritual realm of being.
You cannot help but feel the warmth surround your heart and melt the
coolness of the world from everyday activities.
While placing a medal around the Olympians neck they would just
beam with joy and self-esteem.
Those kinds of feelings do nothing but touch your heart at the same
time. Those feelings are contagious.
If you are just watching from the sideline the effect was the same.
One red-headed young man placed in the 100-meter dash and was just ecstatic.
His personality knew not the bounds of letting defeat take control.
He was determined but not possessed.
The moment he received his medal it was like watching Rocky
all over again.
Those feelings come so rarely in everyday life but are available to
anyone who desires to try to obtain them.
The awesome moment came when all the local law enforcement volunteers
walked into the stadium in single file and lined the markers of the football
Then the speaker announced all the local Special Olympians group as
they enter the stadium from the opposite side and stood alternately between
the law enforcement volunteers.
The national anthem was sung and the flags were hosted. Pride for the
children, our great country and a peaceful joy were the feelings on that
field that night.
Once you have experienced these kinds of events and feel these kinds
of feelings, then you desire others to enjoy them.
It was truly a weekend of fun as one volunteer spoke of
the time that had passed.
Next year be sure and get the chance to be considered as a volunteer
and just give a couple of hours at a benefit.
It will make a small change in your life and give much hope.