I was reminded of these pearls of wisdom the other day. After a rough day on the court I spent the next 36 to 48 hours dwelling on what went wrong, what I didn’t adjust, why was I not moving well, and so on. Simply put, lots of negative thoughts.
This is all too common among committed, passionate tennis players. They want to win. They want to perform their best. They don’t want to make silly mistakes.
After reaching a point of mental exhaustion, I finally realized I was adrift in a sea of negativity. I had to put things in perspective and think more positively. I recalled how Roger Federer is seemingly adept at rapidly letting go of the past and staying in the present, and always having a positive perspective even in the face of poor performance.
Then I remembered these words of wisdom from Master Oogway (yes I have watched Kung Fu Panda a bazillion times, sorry to admit!)…
Po: Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles.
Oogway: Quit, don’t quit… Noodles, don’t noodles… You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.