PhotoBox, The company that I work for recently moved offices to be with our sister company, Moonpig (oh go on then sing it). Whilst I wasn’t happy with the move, as it made my journey thirty minutes longer, it made sense from a logistics point of view. Little did I know that this move would forge a bond between men and women and that it would be in the unlikeliest of things.
On my first day I found my new seat in the most curious of locations, right outside a meeting room. What’s so curious about this you may ask. Well, this was no ordinary meeting room, this was a meeting room with a ping pong table.
Sitting where I sit, I could witness gladiators from both Photobox and Moonpig entering this most unlikely Colosseum and the results were always the same; a merciless thumbs-down for one warrior and eternal glory for the other.
This continuous onslaught would go on for months. I must confess that I too took part in this daytime ritual, sometimes emerging victorious and other times falling at the sword of a worthy opponent. But still I went back for more and so too did these other athletes. We knew that table tennis was not a game of riches or that it would be the catalyst for the greatest love story ever told, we knew that at the end of those fifteen minutes we would return to our desks in quiet solemn with nothing more than a fleeting memory and a mental countdown to the next game. However, something remained in the air, even after the game had long finished. A quiet voice whispering to me, urging me to say what was on the tips of everyone’s tongue.
That voice whispered the same thing OVER AND OVER AND OVER again desperate to be uttered out loud…then finally it was…
PING PONG TOURNAMENT
43 contestants fought it out to be named the champion and forever go into the hall of fame. Thank you to all that took part, hang not your head in shame for those that will come after you will not remember you for your defeat, they will not remember the scores, they will simply remember that when the hour of battle was upon you, you stood in the face of adversary and screamed “If I must go down, I will go down fighting”.
“A man who conquers himself is greater than one who conquers a thousand men in battle” – Buddha