They say in life it’s the moments that take your breath away, but sometimes it’s simply the moments you get away.
Want to have a happier, more fulfilling existence? Then take time to rest, relax and hang out with friends. Recharge, reconnect…and shoot for par.
That’s the whole idea behind the annual golf trip I take part in called WOGO, (Worthington Overlook Golf Outing). This year was another outstanding trip, WOGO VI, (Roman numerals make everything look more important don’t they… even a golf trip!) The couple of days were expertly planned out by planner extraordinaire Mitchell Platt. The golf this year was challenging, not that golf is ever not challenging…18 holes a day for three days, you do the math, I’m too tired.
And while every super long drive, birdie putt, (no eagles I heard about), or winning a round is a big part of the three days, it’s the time after the round ends that makes the trip, the time that levels the playing field for everyone, no matter what your handicap, year after year. The time to hang out, share a good laugh, actually many of them, a few beers, (sometimes many of those as well), is what makes the annual outing special. Spend some time with friends, those you see often, or those you don’t get to see much at all, everyone is ready to kick back and relax.
It’s the realization that when the clubs are back in the car, the golf shoes are off and the only place you really need to be is… well, nowhere, that nowhere can sometimes be a good thing. Especially if you are there with people you like.
In his book, The Charge, Brendon Burchard says: “Your friendships have as much bearing on your happiness in life as does the kind of work you do, or the amount of money you make.” So you might as well at least focus some of your energy beyond just work, and spend some time on your drive, your short game, and your ability to connect with other people. Because while you may never join the PGA Tour, if you’ve got some friends to help find your last drive in the woods, the tall grass, or show you where the drop zone is, AND help you find your way back to the hotel after a long night out, it’s all part of the game of life.
That is a round worth talking about.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time.
Mark Brodinsky, Author, Huffington Post Blogger, (www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-brodinsky), Financial Services
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