Practice, Practice, Practice
By Steve Goodier
Someone noted that their life and their bank both have something in
common - they get out of them about as much as they put in. Which, as
far as my bank is concerned, isn't much! But it means I can get a
great deal of joy and satisfaction out of life if I am careful about
what I put into living.
Gary Player for years was a great competitor in national and
international golf tournaments. People constantly said to him, "I'd
give anything if I could hit a golf ball like you."
Upon hearing that comment one day, Player responded impatiently: "No,
you wouldn't. You'd do anything to hit a golf ball like me, if it
were easy! Do your know what you have to do to hit a golf ball like
me? You've got to get up at 5:00 every morning, go out to the golf
course, and hit a thousand golf balls! Your hands start bleeding, and
you walk to the clubhouse and wash the blood off your hands, slap a
bandage on it, and go out and hit another thousand golf balls! That
is what it takes to hit a golf ball like me!"
His goal was to be at the top of his sport. That lofty dream requires
practice, practice and more practice. If your desire, on the other
hand, is to excel at living - to give and receive love, to
experience joy and to develop fulfilling relationships - then how
much of you will you put into your dream? These things, too, are
possible with practice.
Do you actually practice love, even when you don't feel like it? Do
you practice finding joy even when you're unhappy? Do you work at
difficult relationships? It is not always easy, but the payoff is
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