Ball of Timelessness

Paris, France (Sports Network) -The reigning Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Djokovic   and former champion Roger Federer were a pair of second-round winners Wednesday at the French Open.

Djokovic lost to Federer in last year’s French semis, which prevented the Serb from reaching his first-ever French Open final and ended a 45-match overall winning streak.

The five-time major champion Djokovic and Federer could meet in the semis here again next week.

The 16-time major champion Federer titled here in 2009 to complete a career Grand Slam and is a four-time French Open runner-up to Rafael Nadal, including last year.

Nadal is 46-1 lifetime at Roland Garros, including an Open-Era-record-tying six titles. He’s currently the reigning two-time champ, including a victory over his great rival Federer in last year’s finale.

The 10-time major champion Nadal lost to Djokovic in the last three Grand Slam finals.

Paris, France (Sports Network)…

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Beyond the Rainbow

“Be careful what you water your dreams with.

Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream.

Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.

Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success.

Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” 

― Lao Tzu

(570-490 BC)

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Beyond the Rainbow

The thirty spokes converge at one hub,
But the utility of the cart is a function

of the nothingness inside the hub.

We throw clay to shape a pot,
But the utility of the clay pot is a function

of the nothingness inside it.

We bore out doors and windows to make a dwelling,
But the utility of the dwelling is a function

of the nothingness inside it.

Thus, it might be something that provides the value,
But it is nothing that provides the utility.

trans. by R. T. Ames & D. L. Hall (2003)

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 11 = Tools

Thirty spokes connect to the wheel’s hub;

yet, it is the centre hole that makes it useful.

Clay is shaped into a vessel;

yet, it is the emptiness within that makes it useful.

Doors and windows are cut for a room;

yet it is the space where there…

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