Lou Gehrig, the famous homerun king of the New York Yankees‘ baseball team, visited a hospital for crippled children just before a World Series game. He told the children in the ward, “You can do ANYTHING if you want to do it badly enough.”
Then a little boy who was Yankee fan asked the great ballplayer to do him a favor, “Please knock two homeruns in today’s game.”
“Two home runs in a World Series game is a lot to ask,” said Gehrig. But now he had to back yup what he had said about being able to do ANYTHING if you really wanted to do it badly enough. So he turned to the little boy and said, “I’ll make a bargain with you. I’ll knock two homeruns today if you promise me that you will walk again.” It was a deal; they shook hands on it.
Gehrig knocked his two homeruns that afternoon. But somehow, he never got around to going back to that hospital. One day, years later, he was entering Yankee Stadium when a tall young man stepped up and asked, “Do you remember me?”
Lou couldn’t place him.
Then the young man said, “Well then, look! I CAN WALK! I kept my half of the promise.”
— Turbells Teachers’ Guide