Monthly Golf Anecdote
"Life is short, health vital, and dollars incapable
of transfer to the next world. Therefore, there is
much to be said for a reasonable enjoyment of life in this."
- Lord Birkenhead
Lord B. penned
these words after World War I. He was making the case
for why businessmen and women ought to occasionally cease
from the business of making money and play golf.
He makes some
good points, namely:
Life is short. A conventional truism but one that
still packs a punch. When you die you are dead a long
time. You might as well have a spot of fun while you
have the chance.
incapable of transfer to the next world. This,
too, is a fact. While some wealthy individuals may
have tried to do it, none , so far, has succeeded.
(The IRS won't allow it.) We spend a great deal of our
abbreviated lives accumulating capital. Capital is
good. The more the better. But what is the point
of piling high the capital if we do not take a moment every
now and then to enjoy it.
much to be said for a reasonable enjoyment of life. Heck,
there is much to be said for an unreasonable enjoyment of
life. Birkenhead was British, though, and therefore
all the enjoyment he permitted himself was of the reasonable
To sum up:
running out. You can't take it with you.
Therefore, make hay while the sun shines. Enjoy
yourself. Kick up your heels. What's the point
of playing golf if you're not? What's the point of
I have a little fun today on the golf course.
From The Golfer's Book of Daily Inspiration - A Year of
Motivation, Revelation, and Instruction by Kevin Nelson
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