Like I always do, I enjoyed watching the French Open this year. I am a big Rafa fan and it was great to see him win the cup, yet again. Modern tennis is such a hard and competitive sport. In this, winning 8 out of the last 9 French Open tournaments is nothing short of miraculous.
I have always wondered why I loved watching tennis so much. There is a primal draw that I feel towards tennis and I have wondered why. Is it because of the star cast that men's tennis has? Guys like Federer and Nadal and Djoko are great champions who are also very different from each other - is that the reason why watching men's tennis is so interesting? While that is surely a reason, I feel there is something more. When I watch mens tennis, I see folks give it their all in the field. You watch guys like Ferrer and Haas and Robredo hit every ball like that is the last ball they are ever going to get. They lose their fair share - but they ensure that their loss is not because of lack of effort. I think there is a certain joy in being able to strain every nerve and giving your absolute best. It is the joy a marathon runner feels. God knows it is very hard - but they still do it - I think it is because of the high that one gets in pushing the boundaries.
So the question then becomes, why is it that when we pursue other things - like work, for example - we are unable to give it our all. Why is it that we almost always feel that we could have done more? Why are we unable to give it our absolute best, every time !!!! I do not know the answer myself - but that is a worthwhile pursuit. It we can can attack work like Rafa plays at the French Open, we will all be winners. And that has nothing to do with results ! It only has to do with passion and effort.