Excitement is the key to enjoyment. Two kinds of entertainment that deliver me from humdrum existence to the height of exciting pleasure are writing and golf. Why do these two challenging pursuits take a person to heights of joy?
First, there is a beautiful outdoor playing field for golf enthusiasts. You stand on the tee to address the ball on the tee with your club. Then the ball soars into the air. .Up, up, and away it flies. You have a good shot, and you have a sense of joy as you follow the path of the ball to make the next stroke. As you do, you look around at the lovely grounds, the blue sky, and the remarkable breathtaking terrain. You consider the artistry of God’s handiwork. The birds are flying in the distance, or picking up some morsel from the trees or ground, or just chirping and singing, delighted to be free.
The air is fresh, you are happy to be walking and you wonder just what kind of lie is waiting for you. Ah, there it is! You find the ball and plan your next attack. It may be a challenging one. You could be in deep grass, or a hole in the ground, or some other daunting play. After sizing up the circumstances, you address the ball and make the shot. There, it flies again to another spot. You repeat your walk to the next challenging play.
Each time you play you try to master each shot to deliver the ball in the right direction and to the best spot for the next play and you do this until you have covered 9 or 18 holes.
When you have completed your game, you join your fellow players in the club house and compare notes and scores. Maybe you have won the match, or received points toward a prize at the end of the season. This is a bonus. Just playing golf and luxuriously whetting your appetite for more golf, in the arms of nature, is enough for the day. The need to be better is ever with you, but the joy of playing keeps you going back for more.
When you compare golf with a writing exercise, you find some of the same excitement you meet in the game of golf. You are filled with wonderment when you place words together to form an interesting observation. Words are like the shots you make in golf.
They are waiting for you to choose the right one, to capture the essence of what you want someone to understand. Words take you to great heights of excitement.
When you sit down to write, either with a “stick,” or pen, you have the same sense of elation you experience when you play golf. Your surroundings may not be the same as that of the golf course, but you can make the room, or place, where you write whatever you want it to be.
However, when you begin to write you are impressed with words that will take you to a far distance. You pick a word that will soar to the target for which it is aimed. Then you meet the next challenge, to find just the right word to fit into the picture you want to achieve.
Each word leads to another and another and another. You examine what you have written to observe whether you have met the rules of grammar. You meet many challenges trying to fit the words together to create a stimulating, exciting entertaining essay for people to read. When you strike the target, you feel you have used the talent God gave you to fulfill your ambition.
As for me, I feel that both writing and golf are joyful occupations that require talent given to us by God, and which we earnestly try to improve.
Both golf and writing take me to a world apart from daily living, to a place in God’s arms that gives me peace and imbues me with an understanding that God is our protector and counselor. I learn about Him and covet His nearness as I play golf and as I write.