Mikael was on par with the best golfers in the circuit…However he never seemed to win any trophies. He was quiet and dedicated and sought to improve at every stage. He kept fit and did his best to play well and improve.
During his time he had a few top golfers who kept winning in turns the various big tournaments.
Alfred was steady and focused and most often came away with the top spot.
Dean was more flamboyant and knew that he possessed the skills which could beat anyone on his good day.
But Mikael was the one to watch. He practiced 24×7 and wished to make a mark in life.
He had tremendous faith in God. He kept fit in simple ways and was disciplined in his time.
He gave the best part of his day to the Lord in the morning .
Alfred once asked him” Hey Mike, why do you come in late morning for your practice?”
And Mikael quietly replied” Well, I give myself to the Lord first, as all I am and have is from Him”
The other guys listening were amazed , and Dean chipped in “ but how come you don’t win anything Mike.” To which Mike’s simple answer was “ in His time he makes all things beautiful”
The Indian Open was fast approaching. Preparations were on. The best golfers were expected.
They all were focused on their training and diets.
Mikael kept to his morning quiet time , and then turned to his practice and other preparations.
On the big day, he was calm and confident. Whereas Alfred and Dean were in their zones of anticipation. Alfred totally serious . Dean appearing nonchalant .
They started on their rounds. Halfway through one sees Alfred beginning to get fatigued. The tension increases. He swings and it comes on too firmly.. He whispers to Mikael “ I don’t understand , what is happening . My strokes are getting messed up.” Mikael calms him down “ Relax, you have the strokes to play better” and prays quietly for Alfred, ” Lord, help him to recover his poise. “ Next moment Alfred delivers the best stroke and goes on to get a very good average.
Next we see Dean taking his stance . Overconfident as usual he starts off well and within a few moments loses his composure when his caddy trips behind him.” Hey what’s wrong with you; you have just ruined my concentration” Thereafter Dean makes a mess of his rounds and is way behind in the final tally.
Mikael however goes about his rounds with great dedication. He is silent, confident, and at peace. He seems to enjoy his game. His days of preparation and discipline show on the course. He gave his best. But still Alfred wins the Cup. Mikael is runnersup
Did Mikael lose? Ask Alfred. He says” I owe my victory to Mikael . His quiet words of encouragement gave me so much confidence at the time I was playing poorly.”
Mikael smiled and said “ We are all winners when we play our best… Even though only one wins the cup. How we approach the game is important. After all its not life and death. May we all rise above winning and losing, and really enjoy the game.”
Does the winner take it all??