THIS has been a frustrating winter for local golfers. When I joined Glaxo 55 years ago, I quickly realised that if I wanted to take part in half the conversations in the laboratory, I needed to take up the game.
Someone (does anyone know who?) once said: “Golf is not a game you enjoy playing. It is a game you enjoy having played.” At this point non golfers may well sigh and stop reading. I know of no other game whose participants may give a blow by blow account of every stroke played the previous evening, with the understanding that they must expect a full response from their listener. Yes, I’m exaggerating, but golf was a great topic of conversation in The Glaxo, especially during the summer months.
I was never much of a golfer, but I have come to love the game, and am still trying to improve my shots half a century later. For example – no, I’ll spare you the details! I keep my handicap so as to play in the Autumn and Spring eclectics. You can play one round a week. The first becomes your master card, and every week you try to improve your score on each hole. The attraction of this competition is that it doesn’t matter if you lose a ball or have a score in double figures on a hole. You feel a bit depressed, but there’s always the next hole, and hope springs eternal.
Life, too, is full of ups and downs, and it’s not so easy to ignore the bad days as it is to forget the bad holes in an eclectic round. This has been a frustrating winter for many of us in a variety of ways, and we can’t forget times of sadness and unhappy memories just because the next day happens to be better. However I believe most people do want to improve their lives, not only for themselves but also for the sake of others – family and friends for example.
We all need encouragement, and I find mine in my faith. Christians are certainly supposed to have concerns for others as well as themselves – it’s called loving your neighbour, and it’s the practical way in which we can show our love for God. It’s a thought we should always remember.
Peter J. Stevens
Montrose Churches Together