The cool breeze makes the morning of an October a bit chilly yet my enthusiasm to play scratch today keeps me warm. The course is mystifying, dewdrops in the fairway are intoxicating and trees are already in a welcoming mood with open arms.
In a beautiful golf attire with an envying Taylormade M6 kit, in the presence of a credible caddie and sun ready to rise in the background, I am all set to take off from tee one.
In the crew is a very dear lifelong friend, a loving son and a great golfer, my nephew. Playing with these folks makes me so happy and grateful. This is a family flight beyond the bounds of victory and loss. It is a flight of gratitude and gratefulness. Life has given me so much more than I asked for. It’s time for me to appreciate and cherish it. One way to do that is humbleness and thankfulness.
Holy men and saints choose the path of gratitude to their salvation and eternal destination. No one succeeds without struggle and no success survives without acknowledgement. History witnesses that one of the ways a monk reaches nirvana, a saint acquires salvation, a sufi finds eternity, and a pandit attains Brahma, is gratitude. It is a road of the honorable and respectful.
Gratitude As A Spiritual Path.
Coming back to our flight, it looks like I will not finish my round even close to scratch. Rather I was taken over by the lines of this write up. I can feel tears and sentences pouring. I am in the company of a friend whom I met the very first day I went to elementary school decades ago. My lovely son who’s diapers I had changed as a fragile infant now beats me in golf. My nephew who used to sit in my lap is now a graduate from an Australian university, runs his own business, and hits 300+ drives. I struggled in my life and it paid off. No one gets all they want but I should not be unhappy for what I didn’t get. Instead I am satisfied with my work, my gains and with my fate. I can only guess who wrote it yet I am grateful for the chapter that was written for me in the great book of destiny.
Although millions of sperms were there, I was the lucky one awarded with the wonderful present of life. Among millions gifted with life I was the one to be born with affluent parents, rich both in love and in sacrifice. From millions of opulent infants I was awarded the life I have. Millions would be born with much more than I have but given the chance I would love to repeat my life cycle again and again. I am grateful to my creator, ancestors, parents and their siblings, my siblings, spouses, children, friends, neighbours, teachers, colleagues, city, state, country, world, universe and the heavens; where I hope to end up.
If so I would be writing another note of gratitude another day, to fellow heaveners, fairies and angels.
Buddha said: “A person of integrity is grateful & thankful. This gratitude, this thankfulness, is advocated by civil people. It is entirely on the level of people of integrity.”
Golfer, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Author, Poet, Wanderer