The Monday Memo
May 19, 2014 PITT DPT STUDENTS
“The Flexibility of Perseverance”
The link below is a quick clip of Egyptian table tennis player Ibrahim Hamato. You might say that his style of play is a tad unorthodox; Mr. Hamato lost both of his arms in an accident as a boy, and competes with a paddle in his mouth. The brief interview below displays him playing against some of the top-ranked table tennis players in the world as the guest of honor at the Table Tennis World Championships this year. Mr. Hamato’s undeniable skill is second only to his perseverance in overcoming such a tremendous obstacle to play the game he loves.
What is perseverance? It can be overcoming an obstacle, carrying on through the good and the bad, and to be confident in the face of adversity. What Mr. Hamato shows us is that perseverance means working with your obstacles, and creating a path with what you have been given. You must have the strength to work through your barriers, but also the flexibility to adapt. Use the strengths you have, and make them stronger in the face of adversity.
You can find the interview with Ibrahim Hamato at the link below.
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