Golf Teaching you Life Lessons

English: Fairway wood positioned near golf ball

English: Fairway wood positioned near golf ball (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The following is an excerpt from my soon to be released book “Miracles for Daddy” (you can order it at the link http://www.bouncetoresilience.com)

“Jim loves golf. This may be an understatement. Jim finds so much joy in the game and connects golf with so many life events and character traits. For example, Jim can discuss with such passion how you have to clear your mind in golf to make the shot. You have to block distractions, and you have to concentrate and visualize where the golf ball is going to travel before you even hit the ball. Golf helps keep things in perspective for him. “I love the game so much,” he said one afternoon in Alabama, as we were swinging on his father’s front porch, watching Braxton play with trucks. “You can’t think just about the one shot—you have to think about the whole strategy. The way you approach the game is important. The way you walk on the course and the thoughts you are thinking influence your ability to hit the ball and influence how you direct the ball.”

Many of life’s moments are like this for Jim. You have to really think through something, focus all efforts on it, and prepare. One of Jim’s favorite quotes hung on his office door. The quote is from Abraham Lincoln: “If I had eight hours to cut down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening my axe.”

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Latviešu: Abrahams Linkolns, sešpadsmitais ASV prezidents. Српски / Srpski: Абрахам Линколн, шеснаести председник Сједињених Америчких Држава. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jim is a thinker. He prepares and he works on the front end to be sure when he does something, he does it right. As a new father, Jim craved the time when he could teach his son the game of golf and by default this positive way of thinking. Jim was devastated when one of his first symptoms hit him: His hands wouldn’t work the way he wanted them to. Over the course of this journey, his hands went from being weak to his muscles physically wasting away. Jim’s grip on the golf club was difficult, and controlling where the ball went upon striking it became more and more complicated over time. It was disturbing that after golfing with one of his best friends, Mike Braxton (and one of our son’s namesakes) for twenty-three years in an annual golf tournament, Jim could no longer play.”

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