I love the game of golf. Ever since I started playing about two years ago, I have slowly got hooked on it. Have you ever watched golf on TV? It always looks so easy. The professional golfers with their years of training, hard work and practice, effortlessly strike the ball long distances, accurately chip and putt the ball into the hole.
Life can be a bit the same. We watch some people living their lives and it looks effortless and easy, and we can often wonder why our lives are not turning out as successful and as enjoyable. We often perceive other people’s lives to be awesome. I say ‘perceive’, as it is often only a perception; the reality could be quite different. In reality they may look like professional golfers who look sharp and their outfits are often well coordinated, but in reality they may be struggling to get to form—or may have a myriad of personal issues niggling away in their minds as they play. They may not be happy but giving the outward appearance as if they are happy.
I have discovered that no matter how much I enjoy watching others play golf, especially the professionals, it is not the same as playing the game myself. I particularly enjoy it when I am having a good day. A good day generally involves when I make few errors, make long straight drives and have great company to play the game with. Isn’t that a good day in life?
The short game in golf is as important, if not more important, than the long game. According to coachofgolf.com, a game of golf generally consists of 61% of shots taken inside 100 yards of the hole, 34% of shots taken over 100 yards, and only 5% are trouble shots. These are balls that you hit wayward and get them under trees etc. This is a good representation of life! 61% could represent the daily efforts we put into life, and this is where we need to focus as such a huge percentage is played here. Sometime we focus too much on the 34% and start worrying about the distant future and worst still when we focus on the 5% of troubled areas of our life, we get way out of whack and lose our focus. Let’s get our focus back to what we do in our everyday routines, as it is in these routines that the long shots are established and then that final putt will be effortless!
Remember, life is like a game of golf. Enjoy today. Tomorrow is a new day. You can learn from today and play the game better each new day!