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eNewsletter February 2009

Dear Everyone,
Hi! And how are you all? January has been a ‘fun’ month, with little work but lots of enjoyment especially due to the Chinese New Year festivities. This work free environment will drag onto the middle of February after which I will be very busy again. I have also been putting my feet up to watch the Australian Open Tennis Championships. And I thought the game between Nadal and Verdasco in the semi-finals and the one between Nadal and Federer in the final were two of the best tennis matches I have ever watched.

Talking about tennis, this month I want to talk about a great tennis icon i.e. Arthur Ashe and his philosophy in life. Arthur Ashe was a black American tennis player who was selected in 1963 to represent the United States in the Davis Cup competition. In doing so, he became the first African-American to be selected. He went on to greater heights in tennis by winning the US Open in 1969 and then Wimbledon in 1975. Sadly his career ended at 36 when he had a heart attack. While in hospital Arthur contracted the HIV virus through a tainted transfusion during the heart surgery. 

Arthur Ashe with the Wimbledon trophy in 1975 after beating Jimmy Connors.

Letters of sympathy poured in from all over the world from his fans and one of the questions he was constantly asked was
"Why did GOD have to select you for such a terrible disease"?

To this Arthur Ashe had a very profound answer:

"In the world, almost 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 take up professional tennis, 50,000 come to the professional circuit, 5000 make it to the grand slam draws, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to the semi finals, 2 to the finals. Hence when I was holding the Wimbledon trophy I never asked GOD 'Why me?” And today in pain I should not be asking GOD 'Why me?”

We can all take a lesson from this great man and his words of wisdom. Good times and bad times are all part of life. If we do not turn to and thank god during good times, then I think we have no privilege to complain to him during bad times. Sadly, it is in human nature to forget god when we achieve success and to only turn to him for comfort during challenging times. So be thankful and grateful, not only for the good times but also for the bad times in life. I always believe that bad times are a subtle way by nature to make us stronger so as to face bigger challenges in the future!!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I do hope all of you will have a great month ahead. Take care!