My most precious commodity… Par 4

I have been playing, and enjoying, the game of golf since 1962.  Golf has been an integral part of my life.  Sometimes that has been a good thing and at other times not so good.  This “good/not so good” notion poses for me a challenge.  When and in what proportion is Golf “good,” and when is it “not so good” for me and those I impact socially, intellectually and spiritually—read my family, friends and colleagues?  When is playing…or…not playing the best answer?  These questions have come to rest deeply in my soul as I contemplate that every round I have ever played or will play comes at a price—approximately five hours of life’s most precious commodity—my time…tic-toc.

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The Shepherd Gate Clock, Greenwich, London, England
Perhaps one of the most significant timepieces in the world, the Shepherd Gate Clock is mounted on the wall outside the Royal Greenwich Observatory, the home to the Greenwich Meridian Line, marking the Prime Meridian of the World at 0 (zero) degrees longitude. All other locations on Earth are measured using this line as a reference point.

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I can wax long and strong on the virtues and values of golf as a game and as a social medium.  I have played it for recreation, competition, escape, business, prospect generation, camaraderie, friendship making, and friendship building.  Did I say enjoyment?  All of these reasons, and others, seem to be good justifications to play and play more—perhaps.  They also could fall under the heading of rationalizations to justify the spending my most precious commodity, while not the best for all concerned.

I think there is an acid test one can apply to the questions at hand:

What will I, and those around me, gain or miss—socially, intellectually or spiritually—by my playing or not playing? And, if playing golf is not the best decision, at the moment, what is?

(For instance, my son has chosen to forgo, for the moment,  any significant participation in Golf while my grand children are not yet at an age where they can enjoy the game or show an interest in it.  So he chooses to spend those precious hours with his kids as opposed to his clubs.)

Perhaps a more soul searching question might be; will my decision—to play or not to play—be one of service or one that is self-serving?

Taped to my laptop I have a question that stares me in the face every day.  It reads: “Is this the best use of your time—today, right now?”  It’s a simple way of asking the much more difficult question: “Larry, are your practices in line, today, with what you profess to be your principals or your values of God, Family, Country and Golf—in that order.. Or…is there a behavioral conflict in your value statement?

 So I’ll ask you. Do you have a statement or question like this close by to be a silent accountability partner with you?

 P.S. I realize, of course, the question re: “the best use of your time” ranges far beyond whether I play golf or not and touches every aspect of my life.  LG

One response to this post.

  1. This excellent Post reminds me of . . . “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

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