I love playing tennis. I have always loved it but it wasn't until my adult years (and a couple of lessons) that I really started enjoying it. It is definitely my exercise of choice. I think I like it because I am finally at a point where I am a decent enough player. Not superb but at least I am at a point where I can enjoy playing the game and not fret over every shot and, I hope, my opponent can enjoy having a good game too. I think I also enjoy it because, as some of my tennis friends attest, when and where else can women of a certain age wear short skirts and not look too ridiculous.
Once when walking onto the court I heard a comment from the group walking off, "Well", said the older gentleman, "I left room for improvement."
I loved it. I felt he captured so much more than a tennis philosophy. What a great lesson for life: Leaving room for improvement.
Do I leave room for improvement for myself and for others? Or, do I unrealistically expect perfection? Leaving room for improvement implies that there is more to the action- that there is time and space given before moving forward. It implies that everything can be improved. Perhaps respite is needed before continuing but there is still work to be done.
I like the idea that one has a choice about how we improve. We can be frenzied and overworked in trying to immediately hit the mark or we can be systematic, paced and timely in our striving. It is a philosophy that is humbling and freeing at the same time. It is a philosophy that gives me permission to freely strive for improvement without having to be bound to unattainable goals.
What about you? Have you left room for improvement? If so, in what?