Tennis Lessons


Every once and a while I think I have a brilliant idea about something to write about but I’ve been writing my blog long enough now, that I know that I often need to go and see if I’ve written about that particular thing before. It’s not that I mind writing about the same subject more than once, it’s that I hate it when I write a post and then realize that I wrote almost the same post six months or a year earlier.

Today was almost one of those days. My plan was to write a post about all the metaphors for life I have learned from playing tennis. Anyone who regularly reads my blog knows how important this game is to me and how after getting physically sick, it has become even more important because it is a game I almost had to stop playing. After doing a search, I have apparently written about this idea before…several times in fact…and I’m going to again now but hopefully with some originality. While I was on the tennis court today several thoughts about this game and what it has taught me popped in my head so instead of telling you a story, as I so often have before, I’m just going share the thoughts I had today as they occurred to me. All of them apply to both the game tennis and the game of life:

Tennis has taught me that when you take your eye off the ball you lose the point…every time.

Tennis has taught me that in order to win, you’ve got to play.

Tennis has taught me that being strong and fast matter but being smart matters more.

Tennis has taught me to have fun.

Tennis has taught me that sometimes the risky shot is the winning shot.

Tennis has taught me the importance of stepping forward.

Tennis has taught me to never to give up.

Tennis has taught me to stay focused on what I want.

Tennis has taught me that I can always play better.

Tennis has taught me the importance of being a gracious loser.

Tennis has taught me that when I miss a shot, it’s best to let it go and move on.

Tennis has taught me that anger does nothing to improve my game.

Tennis has taught me patience.

Tennis has taught me to value practice time.

Tennis has taught me that if you want it, you’ve got to work for it.

Tennis has taught me the power of positive energy.

Tennis has taught me that when I am lazy I will miss opportunities.

Tennis has taught me to keep moving.




“Ideas are bigger than men.” – unknown

I heard this quote or something similar recently. I can’t remember where or if this is exactly what I heard but it’s close. I wanted to write the quote down when I heard it but I wasn’t near a pen and paper. It struck me as important to remember for some reason.

I think that if ideas are bigger than men than ideas are also more important than men. Ideas are what make men. Ideas drive men to action, for better or worse.

So, ideas are important.

We can heal with ideas or hurt with them.

We can create with ideas or destroy with them.

We can enlighten with ideas or misinform with them.

We can add to ideas or ruin them.

We can grow with ideas or be stifled by them.

We can inform with ideas or we can deceive with them.

We can be freed by ideas or be caged by them.

Ideas are bigger than men but it is men who must decide how to carry them out.

Actions Speak


I’ve written a fair amount on my blog regarding the power of words. Words do matter. But sometimes, they are don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes, especially when what we say and what we do don’t match, words don’t mean a thing. Actions can erase our words, cancel them out.

There are times when our actions actually tell us more than all the words in the dictionary. So for as much as I have said that words matter, actions matter just as much. Both words and actions have the power to heal or to harm. Both words and actions have the strength to connect us or tear us apart. Both words and actions have the ability to influence us in good ways and bad.

Words tell but actions show and seeing is believing. So, actions become crucial because they are the backbone for our words. They bring our words to life. Actions provide context to our words. Actions are real. Actions either keep promises or break them. Actions make true intentions known. Action often removes doubt.

Actions speak in ways words cannot.