Succeeding at the game of life
It’s important to let our playing determine our scores and not allow our scores to determine how we play
Golf is played on a large outdoor course with a series of 9 or 18 holes spaced far apart. The object of the game is to propel a ball with the use of various clubs into each hole with as few strokes as possible.
Every golf course has various kinds of hazards, like the water hazards and sand bunkers. If the ball is hit in the water hazard, a penalty stroke is incurred, and hitting from the sand bunkers is often challenging.
To be a good golfer, a player has to be capable, confident, in control and consistent. He has to learn to utilise the right golf clubs and execute a perfect shot. He has to be confident when faced with hazards on the course or when playing against better players.
Often a great player fails because he lacks faith in his own ability. He misses a shot he could have executed perfectly. This is because he fears hitting the ball into the water and succumbs to his fear. It is said courage is not a lack of fear but controlling one’s fear in the face of hazards.
But it’s not just courage that sets apart a great golfer from an average golfer.
Consistency is what makes a golfer great. Any average golfer could score occasionally but performing consistently separates the two.
The same holds true in our daily lives. We do well at work or home one day but fail the next. Like a golfer who performed well but soon got too carefree or too cautious. He committed a mistake or choked under pressure and his performance suffered.
The right approach on the golf course is to keep playing to get better everyday. It’s important to let our playing determine our scores and not allow our scores to determine how we play.
We should follow the example of the samurai who made the best of his difficult situation:
One day a samurai was walking in a jungle on a mountainous terrain. Suddenly, he saw a bear and started running. The bear chased him and soon the samurai reached a ledge with a vertical dip. He spotted a tree branch jutting out from the mountainside.
With no option left, he jumped off the mountain and grabbed at the branch. Dangling from the tree branch the samurai looked down and found a mountain lion staring up at him. Above the bear was still growling away at him. Just then the samurai saw a wild strawberry within his reach.
He held on to the branch with one hand and reached out with his free hand and grabbed the strawberry. He put it in his mouth, and began to savour its taste.
Let us train ourselves to grab the strawberries and practice to do better in our present situation. Let us persevere in the present.