After clicking on it, I knew what story it would be, but I had to re-read it because I love it anyways. It is a famous Taoist fable trying to teach that no matter what is brought into our lives, good or bad, it has been brought for a purpose that only we can determine...
So I entered the golf tournament with a positive attitude, that no matter what happened on the green I was going to carry forward and it was teaching me something. I met the girls I would be playing with and they were nice, I couldn't ask for better really. Then came the moment of terror. The first tee where I usually slice it or do something stupid in front of everyone. Parents were there, the guy announced me over the microphone and I stepped up to the tee box. All of a sudden, I felt completely at ease. The weather was beautiful, a bird was singing a hollow tune that reminds me of Greece, and I was in this tournament to have fun after all. I brought my club down on the ball and it was a perfect shot straight and long down the fairway. What had I thought during the swing? Nothing. I was completely present, just aware of my surroundings. I continued this way throughout the front nine and had an amazing nine holes and was extremely happy with my score. Not once did I let my thoughts get in the way and let me falter. I kept a calm composure and the confidence that I knew what I was doing.
When I stepped up to the 5th hole that surely could have gone shitty, I swung fluidly and landed it right on the green. And that was when pressure was most tense. The tournament was backed up a few groups, so triple the amount of people were watching me. Yet I remained calm and I didn't let my ego get in the way either, that I was doing well. When I putted I almost birdied it, and when I parred it, I got this surge of accomplishment. I was so happy with my score, I felt it was deserved and not something given to me from 'luck' like it usually is. I owe this to nothing other than the hard work, patience, diligence, and practice I have put myself through.
Sometimes, you don't want to do something, but you know it's good for you, so you do it anyways. Sometimes you may feel crappy and sure, maybe you can't control this, but you can control your outward behavior. Sure I felt tired by the end of the round, but that didn't stop me from still focusing on the game and putting all of my physical strength into the movements. If you can get past the faltering of your thoughts, conquer those moments where your mind thinks: fail, fail, fail, then you will succeed. So I did this. Did I have a shitty hole? Sure. But, I didn't let this get me down. I picked myself up, moved forward, and did better on the next hole. And like the fable, maybe that bad hole wasn't such a negative thing. It showed me what I need to devote my energy to next: my short game :). Have a nice day everyone. Get outside and do something that makes you happy. And if something bad comes your way, maybe it is a sign of something you need to fix in your life.