The joy of being on the court

Today my wife and I made our way to the tennis court.  After warming up we found that the tennis played us.  Yes, the tennis played us and we both loved it.  There were lots of rallies, lots of smiling, laughter and in my case joy.

Here are the insights that came to me:

a) By simply focussing on the tennis ball, the tennis just happened effortlessly;

b) Whilst I was focussing on the ball my internal chatter stopped and I lost myself = therefore, “I” = internal chatter;

c) A big part of my energy, enthusiasm for life and self expression is playing racket sports and tennis is the sport that leaves me nourished;

d) I simply have not been giving me – the player – the opportunity to play and the cost has been giving up access to joy;

e) On the court I felt at least 10 years younger, put differently the tennis took ten years off my age!

So I am counting on myself to play tennis, badminton and/or table-tennis every week. And it is a great opportunity to get closer to my children and wife!

Author: Maz Iqbal

Experienced management consultant working at the intersection of strategy, customer, and technology. Combine a tendency to think strategically with a penchant for getting my hands dirty at the coalface of implementation.

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