Monday, June 14, 2010

Smoky the Bear Plays Golf

I have a plaque that reads "in golf, as in life, it's the follow-through that makes the difference".

One thing about golf. Every time you address the ball you have to think the greatest shot of your life is going to happen. Every time. More often than not for me the resulting shot is far from it. A split-second loss of concentration, lack of 'commitment' to the shot, or simple operator error in the mechanics leaves you in the woods searching for a ball, dropping one next to the lake, or taking a few steps and trying again.

Another thing about Golf. It is "a game of recovery". Recognizing this makes it easier to keep your head in the game after a less-than perfect shot and lets you appreciate having the "opportunity" to recover. And of course, one must follow through.

Everyone has issues. Some are "burning issues" and others are "garden variety issues", but we all have them. Some you can do something about, others you can't, and some you can't even see. Today I'll pray for courage and wisdom, and remember Smoky's motto.

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