A number of years ago my wife and I happened across an inspirational card, from “Successories”, a publisher of cards with beautiful photography and inspirational comments to match.
The caption reads:
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove … but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
When I saw that card, its caption reminded me of my past and immediately generated an onslaught of feelings and thoughts that acted as a “double-edged sword held to my heart.” On the one edge were the never far away feelings of embarrassment, remorse and regret for the time I spent, unnecessarily, apart from my children in their formative years. The poignancy of misplaced priorities and irresponsibility will reside forever as sadness in my heart.
The opposite edge of this “sword”, is the promise of the future, such as the joy and the exhilaration I experience as I recall a quote I saw some time ago which said:
“…Children are the messengers we send into a time we will never see.”
This simple thought has inspired me to realign my priorities, move forward, learning as I go, with the intent of sharing those lessons learned with any and all who might listen. I have come to believe that most of life’s lessons are taught in the classroom of experience and personal observation. I have wrestled with some of these lessons for decades before finally yielding to their wisdom and choosing to pass them along..
Those of us who love the game of Golf will readily confess that it is one of the finest metaphors of life in existence today. There are tens of thousands of golf courses around the world, each unique, each with its own DNA, just as each human being is unique, every course experiences its own weather patterns and their variability. Those weather changes—most of which can occur on the same day—can increase geometrically the demand for player flexibility, patience and understanding. Another challenge is that the unmatched beauty of many of the venues can distract the focus of even the most stalwart enthusiast.
Golf is a game fraught with complexities that are both inviting and potentially frustrating. All of these factors are bound together by a commonly accepted set of rules and behaviors (mores). These factors combine to provide a marvelous journal of memories. There are a multitude of ideas and learning opportunities existent on the golf course begging to be identified, captured and passed successively from one generation to the next.
To those who might say, “… the last thing we need is another stupid Golf Blog…”, I hasten to add or respond that no two lenses are alike, not even those of identical twins. We each have our own view and interpretation of what we see. As a result, every time another person takes up his or her cause and chooses to write on a particular subject, another touch of color is added to this wonderful mosaic, this greatest of God’s earthly masterpieces called life.
As I undertake this journey, I do so under your watchful eye, understanding that you will scrutinize it closely, comparing it carefully against the life you have known. Honesty is at a premium and I will strive diligently to share without embellishment or distortion the thoughts that follow.
Finally, I must give a special nod to Ken Gire for writing his book, “Windows of the Soul”, Zondervan Publishing House, 1996. His words inspired and challenged me to “look into the scene… (Golf)…not merely at it.”