Golf – A metaphor for life

26 May

Golf is more than just a game. It is a great meatphor for life in general. I would write more about it again but one simple analogy came to mind and I want to capture it before it slips from mind to oblivion.

Once Champ, a golfing buddy, said that the beauty of golf game lies in the fact that here you compete only with yourself and not with anyone else. Yes, you are trying to win but you cannot influence the game of others, only factor under your control is your game. Only by stretching yourself and improving yourself can you win. Important point here is that you are not beating anyone, you are only winning and that is counts in the final score. Think of any other game, you are always in a duel with others where you match your skills and wits against others and you are in close proximity to them, the physical closeness and presence that can influence the final outcome both through skill and psychologically manipulations. 

On the other hand in golf , yes you are playing with three other players but there are many other who are across the course, unaware of what you are achieving or how well you are doing, they are conscious of one fact that there are others like them on the course who are trying to achieve the same goal as them. You could be playing better or worse but there is no way of knowing, the only variable they can change is the level of their own game and none other.

As in golf,  same in life, as one works towards success, one can influence the immediate environment, colleagues, friends, foes that one knows but there are millions others who are also working towards the same success, who are unaware yet conscious of your presence and there is no way you can change them or their direction.

The only way to succeed in life is to win against yourself. 

And there is an immense beauty and joy in a ball that flies high, hits the green and rolls next to the pin even if hit by an opponent. In that beauty is honor and in that moment is progress.

Golf teaches you sometimes the terrain of imagination and reality does meet and where they touch each other lies the destiny of a man.        

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