A Lesson in Heart

A Lesson in Heart

From A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul

A Lesson in Heart

A lesson in “heart” is my little 10-year-old daughter, Sarah, who was born with a muscle missing in her foot and wears a brace all the time. She came home one beautiful spring day to tell me she had competed in “field day”—that’s where they have lots of races and other competitive events.

Because of her leg support, my mind raced as I tried to think of words of encouragement for my Sarah, things I could say to her about not letting this get her down— things I have heard many famous coaches tell the players when they were faced with defeat—but before I could get a word out, she looked up and said, “Daddy, I won two of the races!”

I couldn’t believe it! And then Sarah said, “I had an advantage.”

Ahh. I knew it. I thought she must have been given a head start . . . some kind of physical advantage. But again, before I could say anything, she said, “Daddy, I didn’t get a head start . . . my advantage was I had to try harder!”

That’s heart! That’s my Sarah.

Stan Frager

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