One of CS' favorite holidays around the bend, Halloween. Full of costumes, candy and carousing. Tricks or treats. Much like a round of golf, don't you think?
Read on for the strikingly similar, at times subtle, yet scary resemblances. Might just make your next trip around the golf park (or on the sidewalks of daily life) more bewitching, and less bewildering...
That image up top disturbing to you in some way? Much like a club, situation or shot on-course that gets under your skin? Perhaps a troublesome tee shot. Or shortish curling putt. Maybe a pace of play or partner scenario. I understand. Time to take a closer look at what's causing the quandary, the angst, the heebie jeebies - then how to conjure up a plan of action that'll lead to better performance.
So... what mask, do you don, or charade do you play, in order to hide yourself from others, and the truth? The Victim (poor you, out playing golf while others are sleeping in the streets)? The Vampire (sucking off others purely out of self-interest - or yourself - about your potential on the links)? The Vagabond (wandering aimlessly with golf swing and behavioral patterns that do not serve you, and unwilling to change)?
Try looking inside - where you're higher self resides (at all times, through thick & thin, fairway and thick rough) - you know, that place of higher love. For yourself. For others. For the privilege of playing this game, and walking the earth.
Whaaattt? You too busy with your year-round brilliant disguise to take a peek within? Frightening.
Trick, or treat?
Click above on our giraffe-necked curious soul and find out. A spooktaculous offering from Steve Winwood.
"Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above
Without it, life is a wasted time
Look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine"
“On the scale between candy and crack cocaine, it’s closer to crack cocaine," Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired, and now the chief executive of a robotics and drone company, said about screens. Yep, like the blue-lit one your are staring into, right now.
Athena Chavarria, who worked as an executive assistant at Facebook and is now at Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropic arm, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, has a similar sentiment:
“I am convinced the devil lives in our phones and is wreaking havoc on our children.”
Check out the recent piece from the New York Times by clicking on the wondrous artwork of Maurice Sendak, above (and those to follow, in the spirit of Halloween) from one of the The Brothers Grimm's fairy tales, The Goblins.
Up to your ears in what the screens are spitting out re your golf swing, and game?
Numbers - but are they relevant? This game is played on a terrain full of wild, wicked and variable lies and conditions, not off of a flat, 'safe' and artificial surface.
Optimals - but we are so very far from being perfect. Yet...
"I could light the night up with my soul on fire
I could make the sun shine from pure desire"
Averages - but who really wants to be average? Sendak himself was quite below average, even insecure - until a certain tool was placed in his hands for his art. Your tools and style allowing your genius to come out? Or is someone stuffing the same method into your golfing pipe (and asking you to smoke it) as everyone else? Indeed: tough to keep your head above the water.
Image above from "The Story of a Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear." Wow. That's downright badass, IMO. May that be you, boys and girls, this Halloween, and forever beyond. On the links, on the daily sidewalks, on dealing with fellow humans of different beliefs.
Is that not why you started playing the game of golf in the first place? For the fun, the camaraderie, the challenge? Carousing around the links with all its offerings?
Is that vibe still there - or do you now sport a wardrobe of scrutiny, seriousness, geared entirely to the scorecard? Out to impress others via a puny index? I getcha... See below for details on a gathering in the valley of the sun in early December that's designed to help you play the game as best suits you. Think you need to be stern and judgemental to perform your best? Maybe you're better of letting your hair down, smiling with compassion and ease, clad in feathers...
But you're afraid, huh? Hesitant. Worried. Addicted.
Trick, or treat?
Click on that lad staring down fear in the face to find out...
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"Grown ups are afraid for children. It's not the children who are afraid."
-- Maurice Sendak
~ CS ~