Boat Anchors… Par 5

 


Significant time has passed, the dust has settled and the drama of the closing hours of the 2016 Masters Tournament, the first of the four “major” annual championships in professional golf is now resting quietly in the annals of golf history and lore.  But this picture of Jordan Spieth, taken while on his walk to participate in the traditional Green Jacket ceremony that weekend, still haunts me. It is the graphic depiction of a young man painfully lost in his negative thoughts.

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Jordan Spieth walks to the Green Jacket Ceremony during the final round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Georgia. (TODD BENNETT/STAFF)

 I honestly do not have the inside track on what Jordan was thinking at the time this photo was snapped. I do, however, have the context of the moment.

In the picture above young Spieth is definitely still in a state of shock over what had occurred over the last two hours prior to this photo being snapped. He had led the 2016 Masters Golf tournament from the first round and had built a five-shot lead going into the back and final nine on Sunday afternoon.  It appeared that he was on his way home to his second green jacket in two years—a feat less than a handful have accomplished—and a champions purse of $1,800,000.

Then the bottom fell out…

…In a matter of roughly two agonizing hours he lost five shots to par limping in to finish his tournament two under par. This, while his closest competitor, Danny Willett, entered the final nine two under par and went on to finish with three more birdies and a five under final score to win the tournament championship by three strokes.  These events would scramble anyone’s mind.

Many months have passed since the tournament in question and I am confident that Jordan is just fine (scarred but fine) and running on all cylinders.  So why would his picture “Haunt” me?

It haunts me because I see a piece of me, and perhaps you, in his countenance. His face emotes, in me, memories of events and periods of my life where I have let myself, and others, down.  It is a painful picture for me because, if I am not diligent in the practice of forgiving myself for things no longer in my control, I can easily take the predictable and worthless journey into self-doubt, self-deprecation and the dragging of debilitating multiple “Guilt Anchors”.

Is it important for me to pay attention to and learn from my sins/mistakes of the past? Absolutely!

But it is not good to perseverate on them to the point of debilitation. I would suggest there is a better way to deal with self imposed regret. I have chosen to adopt the following guidelines:

  • Ask…What have I learned?
  • Ask…What will I do differently next time?
  • Focus on what I want to do, not what I did.
  • Keep things in perspective
  • Remember my past is not my present or my future…

And…

I revisit the promise made to me, as a follower of Jesus Christ, that I am a treasured child of the most high God. And as such I have been forgiven my sins, past, present and future and look forward to moving into eternity with my Maker. I don’t have to pull a boat anchor of regret.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 responses to this post.

  1. Yes, this is important. Regrets like to stick around and steal from us. Your advice is sound. Thanks, Larry!

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  2. Thanks for your Post, Larry. The “battle is in our mind” is where our past, present, and future resides. We are encouraged in Scripture to “Take every thought captive . . . “

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