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October 9, 2012

Golf was something I did in another life

(Continued)

Not that my friends seemed to have noticed. Then again, it was only 18 years ago. They're not always so quick to pick up on things.

So back to the other day: They were pestering me to dig out my clubs from the Send To Goodwill pile out in the garage, and join them for 18 holes of bad shots and worse language.

"No," I repeated. "I don't use those words anymore."

I should have added "except on people who keep bugging me to do something I don't want to do anymore," but typical for me, I didn't think of it until about an hour later.

There are lots of things I no longer do. Drinking. Smoking. Hanging out in bars (where I did all that drinking and smoking). Other stuff I'd just as soon my mother not know about. Of the things I've given up, golf is pretty short beer.

But I don't miss the "used tos" of my life because I still have lots of "going tos" and "want tos." I won't bore you with the list, except this:

I'm going to live with greater peace, and I want to find more joy.

For those who find joy chasing a little white ball around some real estate, more power to you. I just know it's not for me. And anyone who presses me on it is going to find themselves being called the same thing I used to call the ball, just before it hit the water.

© 2012 Mike Redmond. All Rights Reserved.

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