Strength And Weakness

A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.

The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing
well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master
had taught him only one move.

“Sensei,”(Teacher in Japanese) the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be
learning more moves?” “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move
you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept
training. Several months later, the sensei 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 some time, 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 opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a
while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get
hurt, the referee called a time-out.

He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the
sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent
made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move
to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.

He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every
move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was
really on his mind.

“Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”

“You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost
mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only
known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

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

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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3 Responses to Strength And Weakness

  1. Alrikani September 11, 2010 at 5:35 PM #

    Mash Allah this lesson is inpiring us to make innovation out of trash

  2. Fajr Breeze - Yuxx July 8, 2010 at 5:14 AM #

    Very cool lesson Mashâa’ Allâh

  3. Nice July 7, 2010 at 11:53 AM #

    MashaAllah good joke and lesson