Today we turn to the world of golf for our Living Simple message, and in particular to Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, the world’s number one golfer.
As you may have read, last weekend McIlroy stunned the golf world by walking off the course during a tournament after shooting seven over par on the first eight holes. Now, to get things in perspective, professional golfers do not walk away from competition simply because things are not going well. That is a serious no-no as McIlroy found out after leaving the tournament.
News agencies and sports writers lambasted this likeable kid for not being mature enough to stick it out when the going got tough. McIlroy told the world that he was having pain from a wisdom tooth and his head just wasn’t in the game because of the pain he was experiencing.
Chances are, and McIlroy has admitted to this, the pressures of being #1 in the world were getting to McIlroy and that had as much to do with him quitting as any tooth pain.
Anyway, he came out today with a statement, and towards the end of his press conference he said that he had a lot going on in his head, and that he had forgotten that golf was just a game and he should be enjoying it since it is a game he has always loved.
True words, Rory!
My day is going to be as good as I allow it to be. I can choose to be happy or I can choose to be sad or angry. I can choose to be beaten down by circumstances or I can choose to rise to the challenge.
I had a mentor once who told me not to sweat the small stuff in life and it is all small stuff!