I was reading Jeff Rude’s column in Golf Week this morning, “McDowell authors life-changing season in ’10,” and it was almost like déjà vu all over again.
He was writing about U.S. Open winner, Graham McDowell’s, incredible year and how he went from “nobody” to 6th in the World Golf Ranking:
It’s not every day someone goes from a self-proclaimed “struggling” golfer outside the world top 50 to U.S. Open champion, to Ryder Cup hero, to Tiger Woods slayer, to arguably Golfer of the Year, to a premier closer who needs to slap himself to make sure it’s not just a wild dream, all in 12 months.
That just doesn’t happen every day. Rude describes how McDowell’s year was cobbled together by a series of fortuitous events; what I’ve come to recognize as everyday miracles.
In my forthcoming book, Going For It!: A Spiritual Adventure on the Champions Tour, I describe how my efforts to qualify to get to the Champions Tour using the principles of mastery, transformation and commitment unearthed a spiritual element that I did not expect, had not gone looking for and was not particularly open to:
So in the end, like Columbus, in trying to discover one thing, I discovered another. And given that my discovery never entered my mind as a possible outcome either, I was just as surprised as Columbus must have been when he ended up half a world away from his intended destination.
And as a measure of its impact on my life, although I never got to the Champions Tour, the comfort and peace I gained in the knowledge of God’s certainty became much more important to me than the point I was trying to make in the first place. Which, given where I started and all the years I intellectually fought a belief in God, was almost as amazing to me as the discovery itself.
I spent nine years doggedly trying to realize my dream in a very principled pursuit. After what surely was a similar effort to lay his groundwork, Graeme McDowell polished off his in a year. I knew it was possible! How did it happen? Everyday miracles. It’s a wonderful story, especially this time of the year.
You can read the whole thing here.