The Dance of Persistence

dripping water

Drop after drop, water can hollow out a stone.

To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. ‘I will drink the ocean,’ says the persevering soul; ‘at my will mountains will crumble up.’ Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.

Swami Vivekananda

In 1996 Mai Li was studying to be a professional ballerina when tragedy struck – she lost her right arm in a car accident. For many years she was distraught, but in 2005 she met Zhai Xiaowei who as a child had lost his left leg to a tractor. Mai had a vision that the two should dance together, but Zhai was reluctant because he had never danced before. Mai convinced him to give it a try and the two practiced every day for a year from 8am to 11pm. Zhai dropped Mai over a thousand times.

They were the first handicapped couple to enter the CCTV (China TV) national dance competition and ended up winning a Silver medal with a 99.17 score, and the highest audience vote ever. This performance is a powerful testimony to the power of the human spirit. It may be hard to imagine someone who is missing a limb to aspire to be a Ballerina, however, this video is proof that dreams do indeed come true.




18 thoughts on “The Dance of Persistence

  1. Wow! This is just fantastic and inspiring 🙂
    Let me use the opportunity to invite you to the Bloggers brunch that I am hosting over the weekend Saturday – Sunday. I believe it will be fun to mingle with others. The invitation is titled, It’s Brunch Party Time. I will send one out again tomorrow. My regards.

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  2. Wow – that was really beautiful. It never ceases to amaze me what some people can accomplish in spite of the odds stacked against them. Persistence doesn’t quite sum it up. There is a good bit of magic in there too.

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