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Racing for the Common Good

Racing for the Common Good

Are you having trouble getting along with your in-laws because of ideological differences? Perhaps they're Jewish and you want to baptize your child in the Catholic Church, or you simply have different political views. A recent Washington Post story about Sudan's Olympic running team demonstrates the importance of setting aside differences in order to focus on the task at hand

The members of Sudan's Olympic team come from different tribes and factions, many of which are engaged in bloody feuds outside of and throughout the country. They hope to show the world that on the track it's a different story.

"We see this as an opportunity to bring us together and lift up the country," said Nyala, whose parents are farmers in Darfur. "We have all tribes on the team, and there is no problem."

If you're struggling with familial differences, just remember that you too are running a race. Like the members of the Sudanese team, your family is also working together toward the common goal of creating a better world for future generations. The next time a difference is creating turmoil, stand up and cheer each other on. Letting go is a great way to help improve your relationships. [Washington Post]

Posted: 8/5/08