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I’ve been thinking about Sarah lately.  I haven’t seen her in donkey’s years. Sarah had a glass that was always half empty.  She had a habit of assuming the worst.  Whatever deal she was working on…well something was bound to go wrong.  Whatever relationship she was in…it wouldn’t work out…for reasons I never could fathom.  Be it health, wealth, happiness, career, it didn’t really matter, Sarah was set up for disaster.  Expecting it all to go to hell in a hand basket.  And big surprise…it usually did. Sarah’s woes I’d stop by to visit my Mum and Sarah would be there, pouring out her woes.  My Mum was a great listener.  All my life I think my friends were glad to be my friends because then they had my Mum’s shoulder to cry on.  It was a very broad, caring and welcoming shoulder. I heard my Mum telling Sarah, very…

My conversations with my grandma would sometimes take a funny turn: “Where are you going?” “What do you mean?” “Where are you going?” “I’m not going anywhere, I’m sitting right here.” “I mean where are you going in your head.” “Nowhere.” “Aah, that’s the problem.  If you wandered around in the world never knowing where you’re going, you’d never get anywhere.  And if you wander around in your head never knowing where you’re going you won’t get anywhere either.” I wasn’t always sure what my grandma was talking about.  But as I got older and a little bit wiser, I began to get it. If we don’t have an aim from which to think each and every day, our mind just wanders along its old, usual tracks, bringing old, usual experiences.  Unless and until we direct our thoughts into areas that are positive and productive then they just run around…

Isn’t it interesting that so many athletes of various stripes visualize their outcomes and affirm their success in addition to practicing, on the court, the track, or the course, yet they rarely talk about it. There’s always the exception that proves the rule of course.  We watched Rory McIlroy, the 21 year old Irish golfer, win the US Open in June this year.  He took the lead on the Thursday,  just as he did in The Masters back in April, but this time he went on to win.  It had been claimed that his age, lack of experience, championship nerves etc, etc had caused him to lose The Masters, yet here he was just 2 months later the winner of a major tournament. What changed?  He hadn’t aged much, couldn’t have gained that much more experience… perhaps his nerves had improved. Or maybe none of the above. Rory tweeted this…

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