Everyday Miracles

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.

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2 Responses to Everyday Miracles

  1. Ray Madison says:

    Hi Bill,
    I am sure we will both agree that Graeme McDowell worked very hard both physically and mentally to get himself in to a position to win a major, and it didn’t happen over night or even in the short time span of one year. As far as what he has accomplished with his win I don’t think could be classified as a miracle, ( I would doubt that he would call it that), but just a step in the right direction to greatness. Comparing Graeme to you is not fair to you and your goals, he has spent almost three times as many years as you did working on perfection and he started at a young age where a person learns a lot faster and easier at how to become masterful at this crazy game. We see Graeme today where he is on top of his game and enjoying life like no other Irishman can, but fame and glory is very fleeting, do you remember Michael Campbell? I don’t think this will happen nor do I hope it will happen to Graeme as he seems to be very purposeful about his lifetime goals and his gift of golf.

    • Bill Rand says:

      Thanks for your thoughts, Ray. I guess I’ve come to the point in my journey that I don’t see “being in the right place at the right time” as a random occurrence anymore. And so I see his changing coaches to Pete Cowen, his being in China with McIIroy and hanging out in LA hoping he’d get into Tiger’s event as all being in the right place at the right time…and providential. As to my comparing myself to him, it was only insofar as I knew the hard work that went into what he accomplished, not, wistfully, that he succeeded and I didn’t. I am very much at peace with what I did accomplish. But you’re very kind to offer comfort.