Between the Bp3 and Tenerife, I have again undertaken some social work by speaking to fellow stroke victims and others traumatised by ill health problems. I am indebted to my good friend Bob McAllister (no mean golfer himself) who sent me the following, which I use to emphasise the importance of HEALTH not WEALTH.
A prominent professor had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, He picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students, If the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.The pebbles rolled into the open Areas between the golf balls. He then asked The students again If the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand And poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded With a unanimous 'yes.' The professor then produced Two cups of coffee from under the table And poured the entire contents Into the jar, effectively Filling the Empty space between the sand.The students laughed. 'Now,' said the professor, As the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that This jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things God, your family,children, health, Friends, and Favourite passions Things that if everything else was lost And only they remained, Your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter Like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else, The small stuff.'
If you put the sand into the jar first,' He continued,'there is no room for The pebbles or the golf balls.The same goes for life.If you spend all your time And energy on the small stuff, You will never have room for The things that are Important to you.'Take care of the golf balls first They are the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.'One of the students raised her hand And inquired what the coffee represented.The professor smiled.'I'm glad you asked'. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for A couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'
To all my fellow social golfers, never forget no matter how good the golf, how much you love your golf, there are believe it or not some things more important... and with that I now embark on a month that will see me play as a celebrity in The Frank Worthington, John Lowe Classic, travel to Tenerife for the JR Classic and culminate at Hilton Head in South Carolina in the E Tour Nationa Finals. I am extremely fortunate but it all starts with the golf balls.
Good Health to you all and I look forward to our two coffees!!!!!!