Throwback Thursday: Turn Challenges Into Triumph

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"The moment you stop accepting challenge is the moment you stop"
                                      -Carol Williams

I first published the following on September 27, 2016. I'm resharing today for Throwback Thursday.

Have you ever had a day start off so weird... you just figured it was going to be "one of those days"?

My day yesterday  started out weird. I have a friend who won a bunch of free rounds of golf in a raffle, so we made arrangements to take advantage of some of them yesterday. She invited me and 2 other friends and we headed to a course called Lakeview Golf & Country Club in Soap Lake, Washington. This is about 55 miles from Wenatchee. We got there ahead of our scheduled tee time, only to realize the back 9 was closed for aeration. We decided not to waste the free rounds if we couldn't play the whole course. It's a semi-private course and isn't generally open to the public, although I have played there a few times during our traveling team events. Anyway, we decided to reschedule for a couple weeks from now (weather permitting). 

As an alternate plan, we decided to book a tee time at Colockum Ridge Golf Course in Quincy, which was only a slight detour to our drive back to Wenatchee. When I unloaded my bags, I realized I had left my golf shoes in my car (at the park-and-ride) back in Wenatchee.  The pro shop had NO shoes for sale and I was wearing flip flop sandals. I decided to just chip and putt my way through the day, since I had no decent (or safe) shoes to play in. Never hurts to practice the short game, right?

Turns out my friend, Sandy, had a pair of boat shoes in her car that fit me and they worked fine. Oh, and besides that, I had left my baggie of tees, ball markers and other misc tools in the cart at the clubhouse last Thursday after the Club Championship.  I guess my brain was fried after the 34 hole competition.  Anyway, I forged on in boat shoes and borrowed tees, markers and other tools.   I shot  one of my best games of the year, in spite of all the roadblocks. Go figure!  For a day that started off so weird, it turned out awesome.   

The day turned out awesome because we were all willing to be flexible. When one plan didn't work, we turned to another. We worked together. We were like little ants.  When the roadblocks went up, we found a way around them, over them, or through them.  We had a lot of laughs and a great time.  I think the challenges made it an even better and more rewarding day.  

So... carry on.  Use the challenges in your day to make it awesome!  

 

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James Dray
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Morning Carol.

Exactly what happened to you reminds me of me.  I get so excited about the game, I sometimes forget the essentials.

Jun 19, 2020 02:32 AM #3
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning Carol Williams planned events are great but there's nothing that compares to a spur of the moment event.... take a step and punt.... as was your day, it's often the most successful....

Jun 19, 2020 03:12 AM #4
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 
Yes, indeed, we've had a lot of opportunities to embrace challenges lately, haven't we?  The world belongs to problem solvers. 

Jun 19, 2020 04:21 AM #5
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 
It is interesting how calamaties can pile on top of each other in short order and then you have long stretches where all goes perfectly well. It's a crazy world. Hope all is well with you now!

Jun 19, 2020 04:23 AM #6
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi James Dray 
I generally drive and have everything I need in my car. This time we carpooled and the day got a little weird.

Jun 19, 2020 04:26 AM #7
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Barbara Todaro 
Life is full of "punts", isn't it?  Where there's a will, there's a way. 

Jun 19, 2020 04:28 AM #8
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Carol... I could just see all of this unfolding in your day as I read your story. And that really is what life is all about... making lemonade out of lemons... or as you put it... Use the challenges in your day to make it awesome!  

Jun 19, 2020 05:09 AM #9
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Carol. Just when you think you have hit the wall, flexibility allows you to climb it. Enjoy your day!

Jun 19, 2020 05:37 AM #10
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Kat Palmiotti
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I love this story. Being flexible makes life a lot more fun. By the way, did you keep the boat shoes? They might have been a lucky charm!

Jun 19, 2020 05:46 AM #11
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Carol Williams
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Hi Nina Hollander 
It seemed there was a new challenge around every corner. Once we actually got out on the course, all was right with the world.   

Jun 19, 2020 06:27 AM #12
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Carol Williams
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Hi Wayne Martin 
Just when I thought I hit the wall I found a door and walked right on through.  LOL

Jun 19, 2020 06:28 AM #13
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kat Palmiotti 
HaHa. I didn't keep Sandy's shoes but I did go buy some similar to them. They are what I always wear now when I don't wear sandals.  Oh... by the way, I have them in several colors now to match my outfit.  LOL

Jun 19, 2020 06:30 AM #14
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Yay, and good for you. You didn't let those little hiccups sour the mood. I love the story and how well you played too. Testament to adaptability and a positive mindset. 

Jun 19, 2020 06:32 AM #15
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Carol - this is a good true-life story that shows the benefit of 'playing through" the challenges.  I am not sure that's a proper golf-related term but you likely know what I mean.  Have a good day.  

Jun 19, 2020 06:50 AM #16
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Sharon Lee
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As they say when one door closes a window opens. You had that happen quite well on that day. Well done.

Jun 19, 2020 07:29 AM #17
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Brian England
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That is a great story and you definitely persevered through the roadblocks to put together a great round!

Jun 19, 2020 09:40 AM #18
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Another great throw back post Carol Williams !  I thrive on challenges - I must, as I've had a number of them in 2020 and still kicking up my heels - ok well maybe not tha t....but enjoying live to the max.

Jun 19, 2020 10:49 AM #19
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Carol Williams - I had had a day like yours and it was business related.  I had forgetten my notes and business cards but I just went ahead and improvised.

Jun 19, 2020 05:30 PM #20
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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Thank you for sharing this important post from 2016 with us again...

Happy Friday evening Carol Williams 

Jun 19, 2020 08:42 PM #21
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Isn't it crazy? The days that seem unknown, challenging, confusing, and you just have a weird feeling about them, are ones that often turn out to be most memorable. 

I think you have a trained eye for staying focused. It must have something to do with why golf suits you so well!

Jun 20, 2020 05:46 PM #22
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