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the championship game — a simple island life

This weekend was the championship tennis matches at Wimbledon. If you don’t watch tennis, Wimbledon is one of four Grand Slam tournaments which are considered the top tournaments in tennis. I watched the matches with enthusiasm as I do every year. Now, I don’t play tennis, but I love watching championship games for many sports.

The very best of their sport, after spending many years of training, effort, will, and drive, play in a high pressure, see what you’re made of game. You see the awkward first few shots as the players try to work out their beginning nerves. You see celebration in winning shots, frustration in missed hits, and you see one of the most interesting things to me, is what they do when their down or behind. Championship games are many times won in the defense. Not what you do when you up, but what you do when you’re behind.

When you’re behind, it’s easy to think that you’re losing the whole game, feel the weight of it all, focus on what you aren’t doing versus what you are, or can. You feel more pressure to ramp it up to get back the advantage. But champions know that when you’re down, instead of getting ramped up, it seems like they almost slow down. They focus only on the point they are playing, not letting everything else overwhelm them. They stay with their game, in the moment, focus on problem solving, and they never give up.

We can use the same fundamentals in living with Parkinson’s. It can be easy to get lost in the overwhelming challenges that PD brings in our lives. To feel the pile on, where the littlest defeat can feel like a mountain. But we can practice staying in the moment and focus on winning just the point in front of us, and never give up.

Have a lovely week. 💖


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