Weakness or Strength

Judo

Do you have strength?
Do you have weakness?

We all have strength and weakness.
Sometimes your biggest weakness can become your biggest
strength.
Maybe the following story can give you some inspiration.

There is the story of one 10-year-old boy who
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,” 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 defence for that move is for your opponent to grip
your left arm.”

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

In life, how many times have you focused on your weakness instead of your strength?
Now knowing that weakness can become a strength,
we can look at it differently and utilize it in such a way to turn it into a strength.
That's how we can improve and be better.

Weakness or strength?
It's up to you.

You can live your best life. 🙂

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