Getting out of the way

Played the best game of putt-putt golf I have ever played, a few weeks ago.

In the past, I would look at the ball, look at the hole, look at the ball again, look at the hole again, and think something along the lines of, “come on, this isn’t that hard, I should be able to do this, let go, come on, I can do this, don’t think too much, see the ball go into the hole, everyone is watching me, I can do this, can I?, yes, I can do this, I really want to get it in…,” etc. For as much as I was trying not to think, a running internal dialogue kept my mind busy! And, I averaged 3 to 4 strokes a hole.

This time was different. As I was about to take the second stroke, a phrase came to me, “I am a clear channel for the Divine. The Divine knows the way.” That’s it, no other thoughts. Poof! The ball went in on the second stroke.

On to the next hole. Second stroke: “I am a clear channel for the Divine. The Divine knows the way,” I repeated silently, as I looked at a long putt before me. Poof! Into the hole it went.

Next hole. Second stroke: “I am a clear channel for the Divine. The Divine knows the way.” Poof! Again, straight into the hole!

It went on like this, one hole after another, regardless of how far I was from the hole, or how tricky the shot was. Well, there were a few that took more than 2 strokes. However, I experienced more 2-stroke holes than I ever had. A record for me.

“The Divine knows the way,” so I’m getting out of it!

If you don’t think too good, don’t think too much.
–Ted Williams