I have developed a way of preparing for a tournament on a course that I’ve never played. I’m calling it Getting a Grip: First Look. Essentially, I record the discs I throw off the tee that seem to work best in the hopes that I can reproduce similar results when it counts.

This video is of my first round at Old Post in Russellville, AR recorded a week before the 2nd Annual Arkansas Amateur Championships. Let me know what you think.


Forward

Steve —  3.21.2015 — Leave a comment

One-Way

The long, open road.
Big sky. Nature around me.
Possibilities…

Life experienced is largely a matter of perspective. How we choose to interpret what’s going on around us matters – a lot.

When one sees wilderness, another sees adventure. It’s a choice, but one that’s not necessarily easy to make.

Our past hurts and struggles smudge our glasses as we strain to make sense of what’s in front of us. Our pace slows and each step becomes more cautious.

As we search reach for anything that can clear our vision, a hand grasps hold and squeezes with gentle pressure; reassuring pressure; familiar pressure.

Warm. Tender. Strong…

A calmness returns. Stillness – the appropriate response. A smile returns as you feel the gentle tug. Jesus leads and the way is forward.

Energy Levels

Steve —  3.19.2015 — Leave a comment

Vision ObscuredLooking for a job is hard work. Like really hard – mentally keeping track of every lead; spiritually finding new reserves of faith as each day passes; physically resisting the urge to over-work and focus on staying rested – it’s just a lot…and frankly more than I expected.

There’s also something about not knowing where the path leads. Each step requires more focus; more awareness and before you know it, the fog threatens to envelope you completely.

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Trotlines

Steve —  3.16.2015 — Leave a comment

Trotlines

In my youth, I grew up near a fantastic lake and many a summer day was spent out on the water. Our family either owned or had access to a pontoon boat (called a party barge here in the South). It was our transportation to remote islands where we would camp out for a week; our ski-boat (very effective – no planing required); our swimming platform and our bass boat.

Fishing was the only form of “hunting” I was exposed to growing up. I learned how to fish for bass, brim, crappie – top-water, crank baits, spinner baits, plastic worms, live bait…you name it, we did it.

We also fished for catfish. One of the most effective methods of catching catfish is to use a trotline. We would find a “fishy” spot – not too deep, but deep enough to be below the thermocline where catfish liked to lounge.

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Separation Anxiety

Steve —  3.15.2015 — Leave a comment

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Recently, my wife and I attended a parenting conference specifically for foster and adoptive parents. This is the second year and, just like last year, the time was well spent.

Just like last year, the keynote speakers brought a subject that was new and very relevant – attachment. For those who may be scratching your heads, attachment refers to the way in which a child bonds to their parents from day 1. It is developed by a very basic and foundational cycle of stress and soothing. It goes like this:

  1. The baby cries because they are hungry (stress; adrenaline; cortisol; heart racing; muscles tensed)
  2. The parent soothes and provides food (calm; serotonin; relaxation)

Researchers estimate that this cycle is repeated 10,000 times in the first few years of life and if the stress cycle is allowed to occur for short periods, attachment is securely established and cognitive and emotional health is much more likely.

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3Lefts…

Steve —  3.11.2015 — Leave a comment

My wife asked me if what the name of my blog meant. I said that if you make 3 lefts, you end up going the same way as if you had made one right and I drew it in the air with my index finger.

She cocked her head and gave me a, “I know that” look and then said, but what does it mean?

I said that there are times when the long way around is required; even desired; at times the only way around.

Job. Kids. Life. They all require constant attention to the road ahead; to the journey rather than the destination.

In this time of job transition, I’ve been forced to pay attention to where I am; what I’m doing right now and make the best choice forward. At times, that’s e-mailing friends. Other times, it’s taking a nap to keep from getting over-tired.

No matter what I’m doing though, I have a feeling like no other time in my life of adventure…like I can’t wait to see what’s around the next bend while at the same time enjoying the scenery out the passenger side window.

Don’t fear making a wrong turn – embrace it as you have no idea where it will lead.