Spreading Good News (Part 315 – Weakness or Strength?)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our books!!

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THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “Jette Black and Her Seven Friends”

Karen Sukenic of California says, “Jette Black speaks in a voice that both parents and children can relate to. The theme focuses on a child that feels “different” and is teased because she is tall. I can’t think of anyone in this world who hasn’t experienced some kind of teasing because of some aspect of their life – their physical appearance, how they speak, their name, their family structure. In the story, the main character, Jette, learns how to not only respect other people’s differences, but to feel good about her unique qualities. The special ending is sweet and caring. The illustrations stunningly capture our multicultural world.”

 

Read the preview and other reviews for Jette Black and Her Seven Friends and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.

 

VIEW OUR CABLE TV AD HERE:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXHTT8NGT8

My Books Are Now Available in Apple’s iBookstore!!

In case you are into the speed and convenience of e-books, I want you to know that three of my books are now available in Apple’s iBookstore for immediate download to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod!  Here are the titles and the Apple iBook links:

THE VISION:  Telling Kids That They Can Make the World a Better Place

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781257365388

 

LINE OF SERENITY

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781257176359

 

MOTHER’S DOZEN:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781257197934

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TODAY’S QUOTE

WHEN CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST, THEY CRAP ALL OVER THE PLACE.

~ Joyce Fields

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TODAY’S BLOG

Weakness or Strength?

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,” (means “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 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.

Moral of the story:  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!

 

NOTE FROM JOYCEIf this piece did something for you, send the link to others.  Thanks!!

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~ Joyce Fields

 

 

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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2 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 315 – Weakness or Strength?)

  1. Nita says:

    That was good!

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