Originally Published: June 17, 2012 by remingtoncooney |
A friendly game of golf between Lao Tzu and Tiger Woods. As they play, Lao Tzu kindly offers words of wisdom to help Tiger overcome his lustful addictions.
Golfing with Lao Tzu
“That is not The Way,” Lao Tzu said to a crouching Tiger in the woods, stalking his prey.
“This is the money shot,” the Tiger replied, smiling and licking his big white fangs.
“No! If you put your balls in that hole, you will never be happy,” cried Lao Tzu.
“It may bring you fame, but it will never bring you fortune.”
They walked out from the trees, and alongside the trimmed bushes by the green.
“It’s a trap!” Lao Tzu exclaimed. But the Tiger was no longer listening. He had run off and was now stuck at the bottom of a bunker.
Lao Tzu called from the top of the mound.
“You must learn to control your iron, even if you find it hard! Your rigidity is resistance to emotional pain. Allow yourself to become bendy like a bamboo shoot in a hurricane. When you swing, your pain leaves, but come the rising sun,your pain remains!”
The Tiger roared and swiped his claws at Lao Tzu.
Lao Tzu jumped back laughing. His golf-bag swung on his back, and the metallic clubs rattled.
“Old friend, you used to be a hole-in-one kind of guy; what happened?” Lao Tzu was almost crying with laughter now.
As the sun began to set, the Tiger finally managed to climb out of the bunker, just as Lao Tzu was lining up for his last shot. He had his driver at the ready; waiting at the tee. The Tiger watched from the side-line, calm for the first time that day.
Lao Tzu raised his club with such eloquence; twisted his body with such grace. His thin frame now just a silhouette. With a mighty swing he clipped the ball.
Together, they watched the white dot sail into the tree-tops, and there it remained.
“Ah well, even I have my rough days,” Lao Tzu muttered.