Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What's Important??

Yesterday, I sent out an email to all my contacts to announce this blog, and I got back a number of complimentary messages and heard from some old friends.

But I also got a shocker. One note was from a high school friend who I had just seen five weeks ago at a class reunion. (I won't tell you the number, but it is a Big one. Through the years, I hadn't done a good job of keeping contact, and we'd only begun to reconnect in the last few years by email. His wife was also a classmate, and our friendship extends all the way back to her second birthday party. We enjoyed looking at pictures of that long-ago party at the reunion.

My friends had been helpful to me in providing feedback and editorial advice on a golf novel I'd written, and we had been talking about getting together for some golf, as both of them play and live on a Hilton Head course. At the reunion I saw again what fine people they both are, and we renewed our vows to get together.

But that isn't going to happen. Two weeks after the reunion, upon going to the ER for persistent back pain, she was found to have cancer in her spine that had metastasized throughout her body. Nothing to do but medicate her for pain, keep her comfortable, and surround her with family.

What's this have to do with GolfingZen? Everything! Eastern Spiritualism teaches that we don't own anything, that nothing is permanent, that everything changes.

The lesson: if there is someone out there that you care about... that you'd like to share a round with... don't wait. Fill your today with people you resonate with, because that particular tomorrow may never come.

Good night, Sal.


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