Every morning I rise early from my slumber and slowly amble towards the kitchen. I prepare the coffee, have a small snack, and set up my computer to check the news (not just golf stuff) and of course the weather. This time of year offers some unique challenges to playing golf and each morning I like to think about my golf game and of course the activities I will do before or afterwards. It is a solid routine that allows me to wake up slowly and develop a plan to accomplish something during my waking hours.
I really enjoy this quiet time because it affords me the opportunity to reflect on my happenings for the day. Additionally, I can revisit my plan for the previous day and slide unfinished tasks forward. It really helps me accomplish the many things I like to do over the space of a day, week or month. However, with a focus on golf, the time of introspection helps me develop a focus for that day’s round of golf.
Take yesterday for example, I was scheduled to play at 1:30 pm and follow that up with a 9 hole Men’s Night. This fits our routine of when to play and I was excited to tee it up since I had not played the day before. As I look at the weather map, I see that we were expecting a fair bit of rain over the course of the morning, but it was going to be clear for our 27 holes.
That means the course was going to be wet and soggy. This piece of information impacted what I was going to wear, the the extra wet weather gear I might of had to carry. Additionally, I thought about how I was going to pick the ball more because of the wet conditions. The greens would be slower and the roll off the longer clubs much less. All of this were factors I used when developing my ‘golf game plan’ for the day.
As you read this, I am sure some thoughts run through your mind about over thinking things. Well, actually what this time of reflection does is allows my to stay focused on life matters. I do not just think about golf, I plan when I will accomplish my chores, set priorities, and basically count and offer the blessings in my life. The time, early in the morning, is important to my mental well being and I enjoy pondering about what is going happen next.
Over the years, I have been inspired by a phrase I hear when I was going through my first round of treatments. Not matter what happens, I have the ability to “Create the day I want!” Simply put, my thoughts and actions will shape my day, positively and negatively, so my time in the morning helps me mold my day into something positive and enjoyable (on and off the golf course).
Yesterday, as I sat and pondered my day, I realized that life is fantastic and I tried to embraced every moment with a positive attitude. Besides, I was going golfing with my friends and that is always a good thing.
I offer you positive thoughts for a fantastic day and hope you can ‘create the day you want!’
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!