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Perceived Weakness


Do you have any idea that you are the sub atomic manifestation of this omnipotent cosmos. You are an absolute entity: very special, unique and complete in every respect. All those self limiting believes that you may have harboured within you is creation of your culture – reinforced by society and habitually drilled into every human being.

You may feel that you have certain weaknesses within you and start blaming God, destiny, circumstances or yourself for those weaknesses. However you may not realise that it’s You, who possesses every magical power to transform those perceived weaknesses into strengths. You got to just have that complete faith inside you. That’s it.

This is the story of a 11 year-old boy who decided to learn “judo”despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in an unfortunate car accident.

The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master ” Sensei”. 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 asked, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?”

“This might be the only move you know, but believe me this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the Sensei replied.

The boy had complete faith in his teacher, so he kept training. Several months later, the Sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. However the third match proved to be more difficult, but after second round, his opponent became victim of his own impatience and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his own success, the boy was now in the finals.

This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a moment, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee was frequently calling for a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the Sensei intervened and insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. In a flash, the boy used his move to pin him down to the mat.

The boy had won the match and the tournament.

He was the new champion. On his way home, the boy summoned the courage to ask his Sensei 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 grab your left arm.”

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


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