Arthur Ashe

Inspiration from (friendly) spam I received in my email….

Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983…

From the world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: “Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease”?

To this Arthur Ashe replied:

“The world over, 50 million  children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the  grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD ‘Why me?’. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD ‘Why me?’ “

Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983…

From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: “Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease”?

To this Arthur Ashe replied:

“The world over, 50 million  children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the  grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD ‘Why me?’. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD

‘Why me?’ “

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Comments

  1. says

    Great post Ravi.
    Why ask why? Be thankful for our blessings. We all have a natural tendency to ask why me when things may not go the way we want them to, but we don’t ask why me when things go right.

    I going to post this on my blog and link back to yours.

    Thanks,
    Robert

  2. S.D.Mohan says

    Great and inspiring saying of Arthur Ashe to know. I read this long before. Thank you Ravi, thr’ your article I was able to recollect. Thanks a lot. Happy life.

  3. Neil Uebergang says

    Why me? I guess everyone has said something to that effect at one time or another.
    If we take just alittle time to think further, we could come up with answers like – ‘God uses some bad things to jolt us or to correct our way of thinking or to highlight something that you may in the near future be getting involved in.’
    Perhaps the mature way is to say ” Is there something I can learn from this or is there a better way to do this?’ Which ever way its a blessing.

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