About not knowing yourself

Today I had a fascinating experience which illustrated to me how far we are from truly knowing ourselves, yet strive to know ourselves we must:

True loss is for him whose days have been spent in utter ignorance of his self.
(Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 156)

I had been taking a beginner’s class in tennis over the past few weeks. Admittedly, for a number of reasons I did not attend all the classes but today, at the last class, the teacher and I had an interesting realization. So far, I had been (I assume) a torture for my teacher, and myself, for I had such a poor hand coordination that the balls would go in any possible direction but the one intended. That is, until today the teacher suggested “Why don’t you play backhand with left hand alone”. Then all of a sudden, I started hitting balls naturally and with precision both of us were surprised with — admittedly still at a beginner’s level. Then we tried switching what would have been my forehand to be my backhand. And all of a sudden, it became apparent that if I am not left-handed, I am at least ambidextrous! Indeed, we never stop learning, and we certainly never stop learning about ourselves!

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