Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Inspirational Stories #103 - Strength or Weakness

This story is about a 10-year old boy who wanted to learn judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he could'nt understand why that even after three months of training, the master had taught him only one move. "Master, the boy finally asked, shouldn't I be learning more moves now?'. 

'This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you'll ever need to know", the master replied. Not quite understanding, but trusting his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the master took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after sometime, his opponent became impatient, and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. 

This time, his opponenet was bigger, stronger and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned about the boy, the refree was about to stop the match. but the master insisted that the  match continue. Soon after the match resumed, his opponenet made a critical mistake. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy was the champion of the tournament. On the way back home, the boy asked, "Master, how did I win the touranament with one only move?".

You won for two reasons, the master answered. First, you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. Second, the only known defence for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm."

The boy's biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

Moral: Sometimes we feel that we have certain weaknesses and we blame God, the circumstances or ourselves for it but we never know that our weaknesses can become our strengths one day. Each of us is special and important, so never think you have any weakness, never think of pride or pain, just live your life to its fullest and extract the best out of it.

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