Posted on August 6, 2018

Pasture Golf and Couch Vaulting

Faith/ Family

When my brothers and I were kids, we would watch sports on television.  By “sports on television” I’m not talking about ESPN or one of the hundreds of channels we have today.  No, we watched whatever sport happened to be on one of the TWO channels we received (Channel 10 or 12).  And yes, someone had to actually get up and change the channel.

The Olympics were an all-out sports extravaganza in our living room.  Pretend pole vaulting over couches.  (We didn’t call them sofas.  People with sofas had lawns.  We had couches and a yard).   We competed in speed skating on the carpet.  We were off and racing with aluminum pans under our socked feet to get more sliding action.  We also had some amazing wrestling matches which usually ended in someone (namely me) being upset.  It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

One spring, we must have watched quite a bit of golf because it became our new sport of choice.  Living on a ranch, we didn’t have access to a real, manicured golf course or proper equipment.  We were not to be deterred.  We established a fine golf course in our front pasture complete with 9 holes and little flags.  We all found a “golf club”—-broom, baseball bat, cattle sorting stick, etc.  We were set.  We had a lot of fun with our little make-shift course.  I think it was about a Par 48.  (BTW pasture golf is now a real thing complete with rules)

I read recently about a social media phenomenon:  FOMO.  Have you heard of this?  It stands for “Fear of Missing Out.”  We compare our own lives to what we see or read on social media and think “I am missing out!”  It’s nothing new really.  It is akin to the basic human nature of FOF (Fear of Failure) and GFOLLAAI (General Fear of Looking Like An Absolute Idiot).

I don’t remember having GFOLLAAI playing our Par 48 golf course or couch pole vaulting.  Maybe because we weren’t so consumed with what everyone else on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Snapdragon or SnapCrackle&Pop were doing with their day.  We were having fun!

What is it you want to do?  Big or small, can you name three things you would do if you didn’t give in to GFOLLAAI?  Would you take up a new hobby, play a sport, start a business, teach a class, invite someone to a Bible study, dance in the moonlight?  Whatever it is, I encourage you to give it a go!

Enjoy your life and live for today—without the dreaded GFOLLAAI.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4

Have a great Monday!

Nikki Callison

Par 48 Cowgirl Pasture Golfer and Professional Couch Vaulter


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