But, I've come up with 5 reasons I enjoy tennis and keep playing (even at my "advanced" age...it's been three years since I exceeded the third point value in the game).
- Even if your serve is off you can still win by playing well defensively.
- There is no time to mourn a bad shot; you have to set up for the next one.
- There are fundamentals that can create a good game, but there is always room for "scrappy" shots and surprise points.
- Worthy opponents always compliment one another on good play.
- The better you know your opponent, the better your chance of winning.
If you love a sport, chances are some of these reasons could show up on your list, too. And, it's no secret that sport is a metaphor for life. Anyone ever "faulted" somehow at work and given up a few points, yet still ultimately succeeded by coming up with a good defensive stategy? Letting go of mistakes and failing forward to success are essential life skills. Sometimes the fundamentals of a situtaion may be stacked against you; still if you are creative and don't give up in your mind, you can make a "scrappy" move and surprise yourself and your peers. Complimenting and encouraging one another is simply good manners and holds with a lot of ancient wisdom. And, spiritually speaking, when we are aware of our opponent's tactics it is much more likely he won't get the best of us.