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Where have you been all my life??

by Laurel Collins

Wellness Solution Centers

Last week my son Hugh and I were playing a round of golf.

For those of you unfamiliar with the game, the object is to take a tiny little dimpled ball about the size of a ping pong ball, only much more ornery, whack it off the “tee” (where you start) with a special golf “club” called a “driver”, hope that it lands in a nice piece of groomed real estate called a “fairway” which is between the “tee” and the “hole.” The “hole” is on super groomed grass, usually undulating, called a “green”, which is designed to make you cry as you try to navigate the “green” to get your ornery ball into the “hole”. Oh, and depending on the length of the distance between the “tee” and the “hole”, you’re supposed to get your ball from the “tee” to the “hole” in either 3, 4, or 5 “shots,” with similarly shaped yet esoteric “clubs”. Where you land between the “tee” and the “hole” will dictate which “club” you will use to achieve your goal. Many a golfer is derailed on their journey to the “hole” by landing in nasty things such as the “rough” (high grass impossible to get out of), the “bunker” (think a beach full of quicksand, only much worse), the “hazard” (anything from a body of water to a rocky outcropping), or “out of bounds” (just freaking gone).

At any rate, Hugh got a new five wood for Christmas and was dying to try it out on the course. I have a five wood as well and can count on one hand the times I’ve ever used it. I never practice with it, and it’s still in pretty pristine condition considering my clubs are 12 years old.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the finer points of club selections, woods have longer shafts and larger, rounder heads than other club types, and are used to hit the ball long distances. Unsurprisingly, woods are so-called because, traditionally, they had a clubhead that was made from hardwood.

Being influenced by the fact my son was extolling the virtues of his new club, I said “what the heck!” and practiced with it a little on the driving range before we got out on the course. Once we started playing, I decided to use my five wood on the fairway because we were just noodling around, and the stakes were very low.

Keep in mind that I am a very middling golfer at best. I have a high handicap, meaning that it takes me a lot of shots to get my ball into the hole. Though I have improved over the years, I am by no means setting the world on fire with my golfing prowess.

Oh. My. God. I was BOMBING my golf ball down the fairway with my five wood! It was incredible! The distance I got from this one unused club was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Because of this awesome tool, I was on the green in no time. At one point I gave my five wood a smooch and screamed “Where have you been all my life?

And then it hit me: the sad truth is that I had this great resource languishing in my bag for over a decade, just waiting to be utilized. There it sat, ignored and unloved.

I couldn’t help but wonder what other resources I have at my disposal that are not being taken advantage of. Squandering an opportunity is a tough pill to swallow, and yet isn’t that what I’m doing when I don’t have my eyes and heart open to that which can help in some way? There are so many great resources out there, everything from finances, to health, to flower arranging, many of which are free. Now, I happen to work at a great wellness center chock full of nutrition, health, and fitness resources, many of which I actually do use (sadly, no flower arranging). But there is so much more within my reach, getting the same treatment as my lonely five wood did.

A bigger question is why the blind spot to the vast resources that are out there? For example, I’ve been meaning to start meditating, and actually have one of the apps on my phone just waiting to be used. Am I that busy? Stressed? Clueless? A ponderable to ponder, indeed.

So, this week, I’m going to take a breath, put my radar up, and utilize whatever is out there that will help me. More importantly, I want to discern if there is an opportunity for me to be a good resource for someone else. I hope so.

My golf game already thanks me. What else in my life will? I honestly can’t wait to find out.

Best in Health,

Laurel Collins

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