This weekend was full of fun, relaxation, and reflection.
I had the joy of traveling up to Bailey Creek to play one more round of golf before the season ends. The drive up 32 was breath-taking, with fall colors of organge, yellow, and red popping out of every crevice... boldly contrasting the green forest all around.
The long day up and back on Saturday was contrasted with a mellow Sunday. Morning yoga, followed by a group golf lesson, watching football, baking pumpkin pie, and a loooooong afternoon nap.
Throughout each day, I contemplated new decisions to make.
On Saturday, two obvious ones came to mind:
First, we played golf with a new couple from Red Bluff. While it can be much easier for Steve and I to play alone, it was great to step out of our comfort zone with Cathy and John. I did get nervous the first few holes (as I usually do playing with any new people), but the day went really well. And, we had time afterwards to chat and get to know them. What a joy to add two great people to my list of friends.
Secondly, I let Steve drive home.
This is huge because usually I get carsick on the windy road. In letting go of control, and the expectations of what might happen during the 40 miles of turns, I did okay. We made it home safely, and it was refreshing to let my eyes rest after a long day.
On Sunday, another big choice was made: take a group golf lesson.
It's true I did have a rough game on Saturday (only in my head, and not necessarily on my scorecard), and I did verbally say "I'm going to quit this game of golf."
Only, that wouldn't really be true for a number of reasons:
- My friend Stephanie made me promise I would never quit golf.
- I'm realizing that learning this game of golf really is teaching me a lot about myself, and
- I'm just not a quitter.
That being said, I am the kind of person that likes to get the information, practice, and move on. I don't really like waiting, and having to review things I already know. I want the meat and potatoes, and be done.
Instead of waiting for my own private lesson, I felt drawn to the Sunday group class.
I was not only reminded of my own progress thus far, but also felt camaraderie with others who are also navigating the nuances of this sport. It felt refreshing to slow down the pace. It was eye-opening to be reminded of a few key components to enhance my swing. And, it was mostly thrilling to connect with many friends on the course.
The big take-away for my weekend is that reaching out, and connecting with others, can really make a huge difference in uplifting my experience. As much time as I like to spend alone, I really am a social being that likes to have meaningful interactions.
While I am only in control of how I think and act in a world full of billions, I can attract great relationships that add joy to my journey.
A big thank you to all of you who bring a smile to my face and add light to my life!