Split second decision

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, (2005) by Malcolm Gladwell. A very good book.

There were moments in life that require quick thinking, making split second decisions.

Last week I was in a losing doubles game.  I was at the net while my partner was receiving. The serve was very close to the line but was out. The person at the net usually calls the shot because of the proximity. Rule #1 in tennis is it’s your call once the ball is on your side of the court. Rule #2 is call the out shot immediately. I hesitated. The blink moment passed. My partner returned the serve. He could or should have called but he didn’t. After his racket made contact with the ball, he decided to call,
“I’m sorry Richard, but it’s out.”
By the end of his sentence, the ball had traveled to our opponent’s court and was way out.
We all knew the serve was long, but if I didn’t call it out, and my partner didn’t either and instead hitting it, it should stand as a good serve. Obviously he’s affect by my indecision and habitually struck the ball late, causing it gone out. Don’t we all face such kind dilemma in life, when you’re hesitating, you might have missed an opportunity, or worst it not only affects you but those around you as well.

Richard graciously agreed, took another first serve. But in real life, do we all get such generous second chance easily or often?

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