Arthur Ashe: Words of Wisdom on Living Simply.

When Arthur Ashe was asked, “Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease?”

He replied:“Fifty Million children started playing Tennis, 5 Million learnt to play Tennis, 500 000 learnt Professional Tennis, 50 Thousand came to Circuit, 5 Thousand reached the Grand Slam, 50 reached Wimbledon, 4 reached the Semifinals, 2 reached the Finals and when I was holding the cup in my hand, I never asked God “Why Me?”

So now that I’m in pain how can I ask God “Why Me?”

Happiness keeps you Sweet.Trials keeps you Strong. Sorrows keep you Human. Failure keeps you Humble. Success keeps you Glowing. But only, faith keeps you going.

Sometimes you are unsatisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life.

A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead & dreams of flying. But, a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse & dreams of returning home. That’s life. Enjoy yours…

If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing on the streets. But only poor kids do that.

If power ensures security, then VIPs should walk unguarded. But those who live simply, sleep soundly.

If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages.

Live simply. Walk humbly and love genuinely.”

Sometimes we have trouble following Ashe’s suggetions. Sometimes just living our lives simply doesn’t seem so simple. Whaddya we do? Just for today, go to your own Six Senses Spa. Fill your life with treats for each of your six senses.

Look at something beautiful, listen to something beautiful, touch, smell, taste something beautiful for a treat. And lastly, pray something beautiful. Fill your own soul with a pray of thanks for things for which you can feel grateful.

Arthur Ashe said: “From what we get, we can make a living. From what we give, we can make a life.”

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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6 Responses to Arthur Ashe: Words of Wisdom on Living Simply.

  1. Tom Scott says:

    Wonderful way to prepare my heart for church and giving thanks. Thank you again Diana.

  2. My husband, as a tennis instructor and coach, was a huge fan of Arthur Ashe, as a fantastic tennis player and a tremendous person. He was a role model for us all, and his words are worth remembering. Thanks for this post, Diana.

    • dianabletter says:

      Hi Marylin, I didn’t know that your husband was a tennis instructor and coach! Go, Jim. Yes, Arthur Ashe was amazing.

  3. Thank you, Diana, for another encouraging post. My faith in God is the only thing that keeps me strong in times of trouble. 🙂

  4. Thanks Diana for helping me find the right path when I was confused by work place crossroads.

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