|One of those perfect days!|
I have not read any of the books published about golf and life and what one teaches you about the other. I know there are many out there and my thoughts probably aren't unique. Maybe the reason there are so many books and quotes about golf and life is because the two really are very closely tied in teaching us similar lessons. You don't even need to be a golfer to be able to appreciate them either, which is good because otherwise why would most of you even need to read any more of this post?
A few weeks ago I played in a tournament with someone I met that morning. We were a team. It isn't very often that you get to spend 4+ hours with someone you just met, working together for a common goal while enjoying the great outdoors. It was a pleasure and a privilege. Golf has introduced me to many of my "life after kids" friends and for that I am thankful. My new friend and I ended up having the best score of the day over about 30 other teams, yes, I am bragging because never in a million years would I have expected to be able to say that when I woke up that morning! Golf teaches you that anything can happen on any given day.
|You could see some deer frolicking on the course. These are two of|
the over 15 or 20 we saw during a game this week!
Sometimes you end up in a bad place on the golf course or in life, don't let it get you down. You could dwell on your bad luck or just focus on the next shot/move. You can't change the past, you are where you are, deal with it. I am getting very good at this mantra. If I end up in a bad situation (sand, water, tree) on the golf course I could moan and stress about it and figure the hole is a lost cause or I can calm down, take the next shot and move on from there, it's only one shot. In life you can dwell on the negative or deal with it and move on. When things are good, be sure to enjoy them and be thankful too!
Regardless of the score, have some fun! Think about it, you are outside....playing! Sometimes that may just be the best part of the game. There is always something positive whether it is the score, the weather, the company, or small improvements and if there isn't, there is always gin....and tonic...or lunch (if you don't drink) in golf or life!