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Hand in Hand

November 26, 2007

This morning, I watched a short video clip that was so touching, so beautiful, that I just have to say something about it. The video clip was of a ballet performance. Normally, I’m not really into ballet, but I’ve watched that clip three times, and it touched me each time I watched it.

The performance was titled “Hand in Hand.” The choreography was by Zhao Limin. The performers were Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei.

Why would I be moved by a Chinese ballet performance? Well, for one thing, it was beautiful and very well choreographed. But the really amazing part is that the female dancer was missing her right arm and her partner was missing his left leg. These performers did not let their physical impairments affect their desire to perform. They demonstrated both a desire to perform and a mastery of their chosen art.

Watching that performance reminded me of many things in my life that I’ve taken for granted. I recently celebrated Thanksgiving. After watching that performance, I have even more to be thankful for.


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