A Temporarily Bad Day – Travels and Trifles

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“During the course of your temporary hurdles, keep searching for a tad of optimism.”

Charmaine J. Forde


Not gonna lie, I was having a pretty lousy day. In the midst of an important tournament, my golf game was leaving much to be desired.  I’ll admit it was making me pretty darned miserable.


“Never place something temporary over the priority of something of permanence.”

Steven Redhead

After joining the rest of the field for lunch, I headed back to my car, only to find two important email messages. The first was from my brother, letting me know his prostate cancer surgery had gone well. The second was to leave word on a loved one who’d received a report from her doctors. Her prognosis had improved dramatically following treatment of a severe illness.  Nothing in this world could have highlighted more dramatically the unimportance of a bad day of golf.


“Failure is only but a temporary phenomenon.”

Sunday Adelaja

My golf now forgotten, I arrived home a few minutes later and happened to glance out my back window.  I noticed a rather odd-looking animal in the back yard which, it turns out, wasn’t an animal at all.  In fact, it was a gorgeous bald eagle which had stopped to rest beside a pond. I ran for my camera, knowing he wouldn’t sit still for long. I managed to hurriedly catch the first two captures in today’s post before he disappeared into the trees. My immediate thought was – bad golf, healthy family, beautiful eagle in my backyard….yep, definitely a more than fair trade!


“Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.”

Napoleon Hill

I’ve also included two captures of a beautiful hawk which settled into a tree in front of our next-door neighbor’s home last week. Happily, our neighborhood seems to have become a stopover for some beautiful birds of prey . Lucky us 😀!

When in the midst of a bad moment, no matter how inconsequential, we sometimes lose sight of what’s really important in this life. As I settled in for the evening I took a moment to be thankful for my many blessings, and vowed to try to remember them the next time I find myself over-reacting to life’s little annoyances.

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