Runnin' With The Devil
Aren't we all at times - whether we realize it or not...
Transparency Alert (wow, where is that in this day and age in the media we are all consuming?): I ran many a Speedgolf round and race with a fiery little fiend upon my shoulder, pushing me with his ego-based intention. Me, me and more me. The horrifying yet far too prevalent "Look at ME Mommy & Daddy!!!" cry that permeates mankind's Social Dilemma known as Social Media.
Alas, times have changed boys & girls (haven't you noticed, the 'Vid has its silver linings as well) and I for one am moving and acting with a different purpose.
What about you, with your golf, and life? Attention, intention and purpose? Or, going through the virus-enforced motions with frustration, stagnation and disdain? I understand - and you too have the ability to run in a different, more beneficial direction.
Read, look and listen on...
Speedgolf to benefit Oregon fire relief at the "Farewell to Broadmoor Golf Course" event
Images (thank you Tom Hauck - and THANK YOU to all of you who contributed to this noble cause) throughout this missive, from my early morning stroll in the golf park last Friday. With guide and chauffeur extraordinaire SS leading the way, what an AM it was - and was not...
'Twas about doing something to make a difference for others, rather than making a difference in the width of my pocketbook.
'Twas not about monetizing for the sake of 'growing my business' (pitiful excuse used by so many..), nor self-promoting to satisfy my attention-starved ego. Yet rather to utilize my gifts, skills and savvy to put some $$ in the hands of those who may indeed be hungry after losing all.
'Twas about keeping those who have suffered severely in the devilish recent forest fires close in mind after whiffing a putt, miss-hitting an iron, or feeling shortness of breath.
'Twas not about dwelling on being less-than-perfect in my execution - but rather accepting, adjusting and adapting. Accepting that I did my best, regardless of outcome.
'Twas about simply doing something worthwhile for someone other than me - and quite honestly - having no attachment to outcome (try that one on for size next time you put the ball on the peg on the 1st tee).
'Twas not about what I shot, and how long it took me (yes, yes contributors - more on that shortly to see if you snagged a Nike Golf polo with your prediction!). Period.
The approach to the 9th green at "The Moor" just above. Dicey little green full of speed, and slope, stimping at 12/13.
How are you approaching the coming months to improve your golf, anyway? Do you have a plan (I slid a little two-finger 8-iron up the hill here to 20 feet, FYI)?
Less actual time playing golf can lead to more actual time doing things to help your mind, body and swing? Interested? Take a look at my remote coaching offers by clicking above.
Wherever, and however, you may be running, please remember to give thanks to those who have helped pave your path. Credit where credit is due.
Wielding only one devilishly good wedge in this round as I've done most of my Speedgolf career over the past 25 years, this one courtesy of the incomparable Mike Taylor, and his team at Artisan Golf. Click on that sunlight image above as I approach the strike, to peruse his offerings. #legendary.
Footwear for this romp? Love me a good trail shoe on the links, when it's time to get from Point A to Point B as efficiently as possible. Click on my quick bag-fetch pic to view the version I trusted for this adventure...
Whaaaa??? You were expecting some long-haired, tatted-out rebel of sorts to run around a golf course with only a few tools in hand? Perhaps one who's actually taken a run or two with the devil? Roger that;)
Friday's totals for CS: A score of 77 in 68 minutes, and 52 seconds. What did you expect (I had none, frankly, only goals to keep my mind engaged)? Faster and lower, you thought? I see; and, more importantly: do you have expectations when you play? Those, friends, are the devil's work at his best.
Instead, light your own fire under these:
- Belief. In yourself. In your ability. In your potential. You want power? Believe.
- Wants. Go ahead, put out there what you really want - and have the courage to go beyond your comfort zone.
- Intention. Scroll back to the top of this offering and take a good look into my eyes post drive. You get the story - now find yours on the fairways, and upon life's daily sidewalks.
It's vital to keep in mind the devil himself can only enter your domain if he is invited to do so; I can only wonder who & what you are inviting into your golf and golf swing realms with the NOISE blaring everywhere you turn. I'm here to help decipher and clarify what's best for you via my coaching services (details at bottom).
And since the devil is in fact in the details, please read on about the recently passed-on-to-the-next-dimension rocker extraordinaire, Eddie van Halen. Better yet - click on the image below (volume UP, but of course) first, enjoy, then educate yourself on his incredible background, challenges, and accomplishments (thanks, Wikipedia).
"Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Edward Lodewijk van Halen was the son of Jan van Halen and Eugenia van Beers. Jan was a Dutch jazz pianist, clarinetist and saxophonist, and Eugenia was an Indo (Eurasian) from Rangkasbitung on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). The family eventually settled in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
In 1962, the Van Halen family moved from the Netherlands to the United States, ending up in Pasadena, California. Eddie and his older brother, Alex Van Halen, were naturalized as U.S. citizens. The brothers learned to play the piano as children starting at the age of six, and commuted from Pasadena to San Pedro to study with an elderly piano teacher, Stasys Kalvaitis.
Eddie revealed in an interview that he had never been able to read music; instead, he learned from watching and listening. For example, during recitals of Bach or Mozart, he would improvise. From 1964 through 1967, he won first place in the annual piano competition held at Long Beach City College. His parents wanted the boys to be classical pianists, but Eddie liked rock music much better. Consequently, when Alex began playing the guitar, Eddie bought a drum kit for himself; however, after he heard Alex's performance of the Surfaris' drum solo in the song 'Wipe Out', he gave Alex the drums and began learning how to play the electric guitar. According to him, as a teen, he would often practice while walking around at home with his guitar strapped on or sitting in his room for hours with the door locked.
Eddie and his brother formed their first band with three other boys, calling themselves The Broken Combs, performing at lunchtime at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena, where he was in the fourth grade. He would later say that this was when he first felt the desire to become a professional musician.
Eddie described super group Cream's 'I'm So Glad' on the album Goodbye as 'mind-blowing.' He once claimed that he had learned almost all of Eric Clapton's solos in the band Cream 'note for note... I've always said Eric Clapton was my main influence,' he said, 'but Jimmy Page was actually more the way I am, in a reckless-abandon kind of way.'
Speaking at an event at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 2015, Eddie discussed his life and the American Dream, saying 'We came here with approximately $50 and a piano, and we didn't speak the language. Now look where we are. If that's not the American dream, what is?'
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"In every walk (CS add-on: "or run") with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
-- John Muir