It's nearly 2018! We can only sit and back ponder/wonder what the new year might bring (or take some action - more on that shortly), but one of my own hopes is that although we lost Gomer Pyle a few weeks back (R.I.P. Jim Nabors), we might all adapt his oft-bumbling (ever feel like that on the golf course?) yet well-meaning ways, as well as his good-hearted, gentle and unsophisticated (this game isn't as dern hard as all the supposed golf scientists/eggheads and accountants make it out to be, people) style, on and off the links.
Ball (Sergent Carter found one without any dimples, above). Stick. Human being (not a robot, not a God or Goddess, not a machine) golfer. Starting point (between the tee markers). Destination (4 1/4" hole in ground). Sure, there's s_ _ t in the way - like "trees and bushes and high grass" - but the game and its essence is much the same as when our dear Scottish shepherds started playing a few hundred years ago.
Although 2017 is getting old, some things never get old, do they now? Like the incomparable Robin Williams' take on golf, n'est-ce pas? Click on our bewildered and loudmouthed drill sergeant just above for a little 'refresher' on what this infuriatingly joyful pastime of ours is all about.
CAUTION!!! Contains potentially vulgar and offensive language... some might even call it 'crude.' My apologies to Gomer Pyle. However - is it any different (or more disturbing) than what was Tweeted out Friday, re the cold snap in the Midwest and East Coast?
"In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!"
Ignorance may be bliss in some realms (do you think knowing more about how to swing a golf club will help lower your scores?), not so much on this rather crucial topic. The non-fake truth will, quite unfortunately, be told (and experienced) when said Tweetee's home golf course is soon one ginormous water hazard..
"Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end"
Crank this classic up (Mary Hopkins' version from 1968!) when the clocks strikes 12 midnight a bit later, and take a few moments to listen, and reflect on what was, what is, and what might be in the coming year - re your golf, and those days of yours on this planet...
"We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose"
No "best" and "less-than-perfect" lists from CS for 2017, yet I will let you choose what you care to focus on when you put the peg in the ground on the 1st tee box:
A. What you can control
B. What you cannot control
Go ahead - make a list of those elements. Then, make dern sure you are putting your precious energy and attention on those pieces that you do have 100% control over - 'cause most things out there in the golf park (and in your daily doings) are far beyond your mortal control. Utterly magnificent and sheer chaos boys and girls, really. Acknowledge that that fact and prepare yourself (Train2Trust reminder for the New Year) - both physically and mentally - for the inevitability of everything, and you'll savor the outcome.
Fight: yes, please - in a resilient & classy manner. Never lose: oh - please do - lose that is, because it is from your losses and failures that the true learnings come from, huh? I know, it's much easier to stay in your comfort zone with the level of your golf game, and contribution to society and the planet, isn't it? But nothing ever grows there, and the New Year can be a wake-up call to evolve and broaden your horizons.
You choose, again:
A. Stagnate in your quite constipated, drab & mediocre comfort zone
B. Expand your golf game (and your self, as a human being) into something more
"Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way"
I know: you're busy. Welcome to the club, friends. Take a moment on this eve of the new year, and recapture those starry notions that may have gotten buried by your 'need' to fatten your bank account, be seen, recognized and 'liked' by blue-screen gazers you barely know - or in our golfy realm - by some supposed expert telling you how to swing the club, or play the game ("consider the source," please).
Here's a CS question for your 2018, and after:
What do you want to be when you grow up?
'Cause you know what? Things are not going to last "forever and a day." Your allotted minutes in this realm are rushing by, even as you read this missive, so... what sincere action are you taking to make a difference (for someone other than yourself)? To become more gentle and open-hearted, à la Gomer Pyle? To revisit those starry notions you had as a kid (that's your true self whispering, BTW)?
CS Escape in So Cal
Need some guidance in the golf sphere for your notions on how to play better, and enjoy the experience more? Here's a first step: a few days of tranquility, warm sunshine and learning at Pauma Valley Country Club, February 22-25, 2018. Yoga teacher Ali Matt will be joining, offering pre and post round classes. Click above for specifics on this chance to escape above (a few more hours to capture that early birdie rate) and below, for a bit more on Ali.
Have a partner or spouse that is interested in joining - but not so much for the golf part? I understand - and have some options... shoot me a note here for specifics - and/or for any golf lesson related needs:
"After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains? Nature remains; to bring out from their torpid recesses, the affinities of a man or woman with the open air, the trees, fields, the changes of seasons — the sun by day and the stars of heaven by night."
-- Walt Whitman
~ CS ~