The Many Lessons of Golf
  
  Golf teaches that we all have handicaps ... and that hardly 
  anybody knows what they really are. 
  
  Golf teaches that the best courses are the ones that hardly 
  change at all what God put there to begin with. 
  
  Golf teaches that although there are a few people who are honest 
  in golf but cheat in life, everybody who cheats in golf cheats in life. 
  
  Golf teaches that even though we need strict rules, we also need 
  a leaf rule. 
  
  Golf teaches that even people who wear green pants deserve some 
  place where they can go, get a little exercise and not be laughed at. 
  
  Golf teaches that even though you probably don't have a shot at 
  being the best, you do have a good shot at being the best you can be. 
  
  Golf teaches that both success and failure are temporary. 
  
  Golf teaches that success is a lot more temporary. 
  
  Golf teaches that although practice does not always make us perfect, 
  no practice always makes us imperfect. 
  
  Golf teaches that no matter how good you are, there is always someone 
  better and that person will usually find you and tell you. 
  
  Golf teaches that when you are good you can tell people, but when you 
  are great they will tell you. 
  
  Golf teaches that although patience is a virtue, slow play is not. 
  
  Golf teaches that even though the best golfers have the most chances to 
  win, the other golfers have the most chances to improve. 
  
  Golf teaches that, on some dewy morning or some golden afternoon, with 
  the sun warming the world, we can find ourselves walking through an 
  improvised meadow and realize we are not searching for the little white 
  ball, but for a moment where the world of nature and the world of play 
  are one. And then in the dew and sunshine we can understand that even 
  though we can make a ball perfectly white, only God can make a meadow 
  perfectly green. 
  
           By Rabbi Marc Gellman, Ph.D., and Monsignor Tom Hartman 
                   from Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul 
             by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jeff Aubery 
                       and Mark & Chrissy Donnelly 
                   copyright 1999 Hansen and Canfield