A Poem


    Why Me?

    (By Arthur Ashe)

    50 Million children started playing Tennis 

    5 Million learnt to play Tennis 

    500 000 learnt Professional Tennis 

    50 Thousand came to Circuit 

    5 Thousand reached Grand Slam 

    50 reached Wimbledon 

    4 reached the Semifinals 

    2 reached the Finals 

    And when I was holding the cup in my hand, I never asked God: “Why Me? “

    So now that I’m in pain, how can I ask God: “Why Me? “

    Happiness … keeps you Sweet !

    Trials … keep you Strong !

    Sorrows … keep you Human !

    Failure … keeps you Humble !

    Success … keeps you Glowing !

    But only, Faith … keeps you Going !

    Sometimes you are not satisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life.

    A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead dreams of flying, while a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of returning home.

    That’s life !

    Enjoy yours … 

    If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing on the streets. But only poor kids do that.

    If power ensures security, then VIPs should walk unguarded.

    But those who live simply, sleep soundly.

    If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages.

    Live simply, be happy! 

    Walk humbly and love genuinely!

    Arthur Ashe, was the legendary Wimbledon Player who was dying of AIDS, which he got due to Infected Blood he received during a Heart Surgery in 1983. During his illness, 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 above.

    About the Author

    Corné van Nijhuis

    Mr Corne van Nijhuis is a scholar, deeply involved in the scientific study of philosophy and spirituality. Having been successful in his field, Mr Corne van Nijhuis has dedicated his time to the study and practice of Vedanta. Readiness to help always, a seeking mind, are some of his outstanding qualities. He has been a regular contributor to this magazine.