Moodscope's blog



The humble golf ball. Monday July 22, 2013

Apart from the odd fun game of crazy golf on holiday when I was young, I've never enjoyed a real game of golf. I know nothing of this popular sport and yet, I think the golf ball can teach us a powerful lesson.

The golf ball originally started out life smooth. However, it was found that the more the ball was used and the more dents, bumps and lumps it collected the higher, truer and faster it flew. Thus, eventually, a ball was designed with all the dimples, or indentations, that make the golf ball we know today. What's the lesson?

As we fly through life we may take a great many knocks and blows. These trials and tribulations can actually help us to fly higher and with greater success. Challenges can shape us and mould our characters for the better.

Ah now, I can hear a cacophony of voices shouting: 'I'd prefer to have less problems, even if it means my character is a little less for it.' Or maybe, 'If you only knew what I'm going through I doubt you'd dare infer that it is, at least, character building.

Yet, if we can, even on the darkest of days, remember somewhere in a back corner of our mind that this current crises or problem may just be teaching us more empathy, humility, patience, understanding, wisdom or courage, then surely, that is something positive to cling to.

So, what do you say? Shall we play golf?

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment on our Blogspot:

Permalink  |  Blog Home


PWD Mon, Jul 22nd 2013 @ 6:50am

Another good blog but some days by golf ball has been battered that much it will not fly through the air at all it's almost square. But on a good day I could win an open. A great way of looking at it though.


Anonymous Mon, Jul 22nd 2013 @ 8:20am

Only if we learn by experience...

Anonymous Mon, Jul 22nd 2013 @ 9:07am

That saying: 'There is no growth without pain'. The number of times I've said 'I don't want to grow any more!!' - but looking back now, I can see how without all the knocks I might have been comfortable, but it would have been comfortably numb. So the trick is to remember that, on a 'growing' day.

Julia Mon, Jul 22nd 2013 @ 3:04pm

It's a nice blog Suzy. I just feel that the dented golf ball or the golf ball as we know it today with indentations so it flies faster is only so good as the golfer who swipes at it. If we are the dented golf ball, then we are easier to push around and be manipulated by those stronger than us. Were we the smooth operators that we long to be, we wouldn't be so easy to control!!
Of course I know what you are saying and while I was trying to convince myself that actually all my past bumps have made me stronger (they may well have done if I try hard enough to rationalise it all) I know for a fact that they have definitely made others around me in the past stronger and more able to win at their own particular game; at my expense I mean.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 22nd 2013 @ 4:30pm

Yes! Exactly. I've repeated the same trauma over and over again in my life. And it's only now, at 46, that I'm starting to truly get that I have to learn from my bad expériences which in turn is making me stronger, wiser, better etc.

You must login to leave a comment.

What is Moodscope?

Moodscope members seek to support each other by sharing their experiences through this blog. If you’d like to receive these daily posts by email, just sign up to Moodscope now, completely free of charge.

Moodscope is an innovative way for people to treat their own low mood problems using an engaging online tool. Anyone in the world can accurately assess and track daily mood scores over a period of time. We have proved that the very act of measuring, tracking and sharing mood can actually lift it. Join now.

Blog Archive


Posts and comments on the Moodscope blog are the personal views of Moodscope members, they are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. Moodscope makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this blog or found by following any of the links.

Moodscope will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

We exist to help people to positively manage their moods. You can contribute by taking the test, sharing your experience on the blog or contributing funds so we can keep it free for all who need it.

Moodscope® is © Moodscope Ltd 2018. Developed from scales which are © 1988 American Psychological Association. Cannot be reproduced without express written permission of APA.