Karma means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.
When playing tennis, especially competitive tennis, I find it helpful to think of karma. For example, on those really close calls that could go either way: Karma. Obviously I am not telling you to call in balls out but there are those times when it is really close and I want to call it out but I’m just not sure: Karma. Of course the rules or code mandates that if you are at all unsure the ball is good. It’s just that not everyone who plays adheres to the code. Many think the code is more like a guideline and good when convenient. Tennis is full of situations that do not appear black and white. Black and white are color classics and are an important part of Wristpect Sport fashion. Wristpect Sport has a black and white collection, because we thought it the right fashion statement.
Remembering karma helps me especially during those times when my opponents seem to think all close balls are out unless they are on my side, then of course close is always in, “Are you sure?” Listen, I may be wrong, it does happen, but when I call it out, I am sure at the time I’m calling it!
Don’t forget about those moments when only you really do know and only you can make the call and no one would know if you cheated or question you and you still make the call: Karma. Yes, it is the right thing, yes it is what the code mandates, but, maybe thinking about karma makes it just a little easier to make the right call. Or maybe it makes it easier to accept it when the call isn’t made.
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m exposing to the world I don’t always want to be good and no one reading this ever has had a moment when the right thing wasn’t the easy thing. And maybe I’m the only one who struggles when I can see my opponent is cheating me. Here is my tennis confession: the right thing isn’t always the easy thing but I choose it because it is the right thing and when I do I think of karma. Karma doesn’t guarantee the next call will go my way but it does release me to believe that all things equal out in the end.
It’s not about being right; it’s about doing the right thing. After all, I’m not paid to play tennis and no one I’m playing with or against is either. We play to have fun. Funny but sometimes I think the fun is forgotten. Add a little karma mixed with a little wristpect and find the fun in your tennis game.