Arthur Ashe, professional American tennis player, was the first black man to win the U.S. Open, Australian Open, and Wimbledon. He won three Grand Slam singles titles.
During a heart surgery in 1983, he was infected by the blood that he received and contracted AIDS.
From all over the world, he received letters from his fans, one of which asked, “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 the 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?’
Happiness keeps you Sweet.
Trials keep you Strong.
Sorrow keeps you, Human.
Failure keeps you humble and success keeps you glowing, but only faith & attitude keep you going.
Sometimes you are not satisfied with your life, while many others in this world are dreaming of living your life.
A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of flying, while a pilot in the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of returning home.
That’s Life! Enjoy yours.
If wealth is the secret to happiness, then rich should be dancing on 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, celebrities should have the best marriages.
Live simply. Be happy! Walk humbly and love genuinely.”
July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993