Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This I Believe

This past summer I took up the game of golf. Over the summer my golf game improved. Now it wasn't that my swing improved dramatically, or I mastered the one-putt, what improved was how I managed the misses I knew would happen. Instead of a great shot followed by a series of shots that would make even Tiger Woods consider giving up the game, a series of average shots, not too daring but not too lackluster turned out to garner the best result. While this is the safe route that I’m sure golf ball manufacturers are glad few people take, it is not the strategy that I believe I should live by.

I believe that attempting those great shots is something that I should strive for; I also believe that I need to be ready to lay up out of the rough when the shot goes awry as it does so often. Or to put it another way: life is not a series of successes; life is a series of setbacks disappointments, and potential opportunities. It is through the management and overcoming of these setbacks that we become stronger individuals.

My later elementary and early middle schools years were marked with this management of setbacks and disappointments. Finding out that I was ahead in math and pushed forward to the next grade level was a huge success for me, but finding out that what I had done when teaching myself was wrong and having to relearn concepts proved to be a real challenge for me. Moving back to the St. Louis area after two years of my father not finding a job in Phoenix, disappointment to him and affected the whole family.

While I at the time I hated the fact that my father had wasted two years of my life, looking back I have to admire my father for the decision that he made. Not only did he essentially move us back home, he went back to the company he left. He set his pride aside and hit out on the fairway of life and still made the green in regulation.

What I believe, is that taking a moment to recover from a setback is not admitting failure but the smart play that may present opportunities you never knew existed.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Moved in at The U. Room's nice, net is up, roommate is cool as far as I can tell.

Let the zany college adventures commence.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Things overheard on the Television

Putzing around on my laptop in front of the tv I overheard a commercial saying "Mercury is good for the environment," or something like that. It took a confused moment before I realized that the commercial was about the car company. D'oh

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

movie realism

So I started watching The Green Berets with John Wayne and I just could suspended my disbelief. You know why?

A bunch of damn pine trees in the middle of Vietnam, I just don't think so.

I have devined a secert from the universe

or rather several, barbers are not mind readers forget this at your own peril.

And my golden nugget of knowledge (I like that alliteration) is God gave man golf to teach him patience. I played nine today, and even with having three snowmans and three sevens, still managed to enjoy myself. You have to take positives away from everything you do or golf (much like life) becomes a string of unenjoyable disappointments or "oh I could have done that better". Well guess what saying that doesn't get the ball out of the rough so get up there clear your mind of the past and take another swing.

Monday, August 17, 2009

So rebot.

I'm going to try this again. Going out to college I will hopefully have more interesting things to talk about and now have a looser definition of 'interesting'. So wish me luck.

I leave for leave for college hence forth to be call "teh U" friday night. I'm looking forward to it