I just finished watching an interview of Tiger Wood’s on Sports Center. Tiger was asked, “Will you ever be able to return to playing championship level golf again?” I could totally relate to his every response!
Tiger said, “I can! Of course I’ve got to get a lot stronger, get back out there on the golf course, and feel like I can compete again. But, I’ve still got to get a lot better.”
He was told “You know there have been glimpses of us thinking you were becoming the old Tiger and then suddenly we hear issues about your back again. Is there some specific thing you can put your finger on that happened?”
Tiger responds, “Well, it’s the fact that I’ve had 3 back operations. My back will never be what it “used” to be. Unfortunately that’s the reality of it. I’m going to have good periods and I’m gonna have bad periods. For the rest of me life. I wish it was different. But, once you operate on it, it’s never gonna be the same.”
“Was it surprising when it acted up again?” Tiger says, “Well, yes it was surprising that it hurt that much. I’ve had moments where it’s hurt before. But, I’ve just got to accept that this is the way it’s gonna be with continued ups and downs.”
“I want be able to work like I used to. I want be able to train like I used to. But, I will have to alter and find other ways around it. And that’s just the reality of the situation.”
How much time have you thought about this life change? “A lot. Not being able to compete at a high level like I used to. And then not being able to participate in my kids lives. That has probably been the most difficult.”
“My kids are very active. They want to play different sports and they want daddy to play. And when I was struggling there laying on the ground, laying in the bed, not able to do those things. That really took a toll on me mentally. Because I wasn’t able to participate in my kids lives.”
“Have I looked at things differently going forward? Absolutely! But, my number one priority now is making sure I’m able to do the things with my kids like I would like. My priority to participate in golf at the same level is not the priority it used to be. That’s just the way it is.”
Wow! Do you see how four time Master’s Champion Tiger Wood’s perspective has changed through his pain and suffering. Before all he saw was golf, golf, golf. But, in his interview I could see a sincere heart change. And with heart change comes life change.
Maybe we need to let our pain redirect us towards things that matter most. I know just after one back surgery I can totally identify to the continued life struggle, but also much heart change. And, even in the pain I’m grateful for the renewed perspective!
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)