"Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character. - Arnold Palmer
As far as I'm concerned, this coming week is the greatest sporting week ever. The Ryder Cup is my Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup finals all rolled into one. From this great week where the USA team will be looking to take back the Ryder Cup in Scotland against a very tough team from Europe, I have found a great quote from one of the best golfers and leaders that we sure can learn a lot from.
When I first read the quote from the great Arnold Palmer, I thought of golf being the wonderful teacher about what's important in life. Then when I read it again, I thought of Mr. Palmer recognizing the fact that maybe he was also talking about life itself. The funny thing about this quote is that both the game of life and the game of golf can strengthen your body, but it really can work on strengthening your mind along with your character.
As I sit here at my kitchen table on a cool and windy Sunday September morning with my cup of coffee of course, I can see the importance of being open to learning the lessons that both life and golf are able to give to us. The key is we have to be open to learning from both. Now, don't get me wrong - there are other athletic events, artistic events, social events, etc. that teach life lessons too. We need to be open to learning from them as well, whichever we connect to. My favorite among many events is the Ryder Cup. What are your favorite things in life that also offer life lessons?
No matter what they are, first of all have some favorite events in life that you get enjoyment from along with the lessons. Second, be open to the lessons hidden within those events that tie into life. The above quote has the key ingredients of strength of mind and character. Two HUGE pieces of success in life for sure along with the importance of strength of body. So whether we are talking about my favorite event, the Ryder Cup, or you are talking about your favorite event. Hopefully it teaches you important lessons about life too. Take a few moments to think about those events in life that you connect with and what lessons you are getting from them to make your life, and the lives of those around you better. What lessons do they offer even after the event is over? Then also take a few moments to tune into the Ryder Cup this week and listen to some of the many great stories from the history of this great event to those stories of the current team members on both sides. Also remember that these events that we pour ourselves into should offer us lessons to use in life as well as finding enjoyment in watching them. So again I ask, what are your favorite events in life that you connect with and what lessons do you get from them? I still enjoy learning from others - so share away with some comments or get in touch with me. USA, USA, USA!!