Golf at sunrise is good for the soul. Taking a long walk through the morning dew helps to set a positive tone for the day. With crisp reminders of the night still lingering, the golf course wakes up to welcome golfers once again. It’s a splendid time to be enjoying the gifts of this game. There is a vibrancy to nature in those early hours. Birds, bugs, and other critters compose a symphony of stirring sounds to signal the start of something new. While the day is young the golf is pure and unbothered. Beginning the day with such a beloved activity makes even the steepest challenges of life feel benign. For those who find their peace through golf, the dawn yields a particularly pleasing variety of the game. Every day brings new possibilities and playing golf is a great way to explore them. There is much to adore about our world and the course we find at daybreak is littered with those reminders. No matter the tasks that lay ahead, some sunrise swings will help keep them in perspective. It’s awfully hard to have a bad day when it begins with golf.
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Golf has given me so much in my life. The most important of these gifts has been time. Time for reflection. Time for consideration. Time to contemplate this world and my small place in it. In the quiet moments I’ve been gifted through golf, I think about the things I’ve done right and the things I’ve done wrong. I wonder which of my lived experiences have shaped those outcomes. During the day I try and listen to others and later in the evening while on the course I aim to listen to my conscience. The golf course is where I sort things out. Its where I talk to friends about life and speak with God about what comes after it. It’s how I reconcile my actions with my beliefs. Both of which are changed because of what I find in myself while playing this game. I seek out time for golf for many reasons, but above all else, it’s so that I can find ways to be a better man. We all need places to do this kind of work. Especially when there is so much room for improvement. Golf is that for me. With each step, each swing, each chip, and putt I am working on so much more than my game. The man that leaves the course is never the same as the one who arrived just a few hours earlier. It’s where I build the change I want to see in my life. Golf is a laboratory for my soul.
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