Strength versus Weakness

by julia on February 1, 2009

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Strength versus Weakness

The following 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 and 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 the 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.

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Digital Scrapbooking

by julia on January 28, 2009

How you wondered how to Digital Scrapbbok and where or how to get started.  I highly recommend Karen and her product as a way of learning how to Digital Scrapbook.

Step by Step Digital Scrapbook

Start creating your own digital scrapbook layouts today! Step by Step Digital Scrapbook will show you everything you need to know to create fabulous mementos of your favorite photos that will amaze your family and friends.
It’s such a thrill to see your special photos presented in such an artistic and beautiful way.
And it’s a fabulous feeling to email your layouts to your family and friends and bask in their praise as they are amazed at your creative talent and how professional they look.
And all without the need to buy and store lots of supplies or to clear up all the mess of snippets of paper and glue.

Take a look Karens site here.


Approaching Each Day

by julia on January 28, 2009

Approaching Each Day

  • I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.
  • Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
  • Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
  • Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.
  • Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.
  • Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
  • Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new job relationships.
  • Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to go to!
  • Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with knowledge and adventure.
  • Today I can dejectedly murmur because I have housework to do or I can feel grateful for shelter for my mind, body and soul.
  • Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped, and here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. And I shall decide what kind of day I shall have!

How will you live this day?

Author Unknown


Happy New Year

by julia on January 17, 2009

Hope you have had a great Christmas and New Year.

I have been on holidays and enjoying time with my family.  Have you set yourself any scrapbooking goals for the year?

A couple of photos of Polly before and on the Surfrider at Wet N Wild and Sam getting ready to have his first flying lesson.