The 2013 Wimbledon Tennis Championships have been somewhat marred by “slippage.” A brief explanation: In the first week of the tournament – when the lawn grass is typically lush and green – some players tend to slip due to the slickness of the surface.

tennisIt’s been more of an issue this year, and on one particular day during the first week of this tournament, several of the favorites lost and vociferously claimed foul, citing the condition of the grass as reason for their being ousted. The whining about this reached full throat, and the media was complicit by suggesting the Wimbledon Club take this more seriously. The commentary even progressed to the need for a special “grass” tennis shoe.

The thing is, this happens every year in this tournament. The players know what can happen on slick grass yet some didn’t modify their games even one iota to accommodate for this.

All of us have to be cognizant of the need to adapt, acclimate and adjust to changing circumstances. Our personal, professional and social lives play out on all kinds of surfaces, so minimizing our slips is the key to the quantity and quality of our successes.

Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW is a licensed clinical pharmacist and a clinical social worker with more than thirty years of experience in the field of psychopharmacology. His diverse professional background in psychopharmacology and counseling affords him a unique perspective on medication management issues. In addition to consulting with numerous psychiatric facilities, he has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of clinicians in 46 states.

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