How many of you have ever seen "The Legend of Bagger Vance?"
In it, Will Smith plays a somewhat mysterious caddy who coaches Matt Damon to find his "authentic swing." That golf swing that is his and his alone...... in some respects, one doesn't have to "try" to do that swing..... you are that authentic swing..... it is who you are by nature, by purpose, at your core...... and when you do find it, you can feel a "flow" that just happens, and feels great!
I just spent a week discovering and indulging in my "authentic swing." For me, it was a combination of nature, a camera, some good books (yes, many of them remaining untouched for most of the trip...... but they were my loyal companions), and a journal. As you will see from the recent Hilton Head addition, I spent time in Hilton Head and Beaufort, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia! Never did I kinow that Savannah celebrates St. Patrick's Day in huge style!! I was probably one of the few people actually wandering around the city vs. sitting in a bar, drinking green beer!
I was most struck with how comfortable I was, how safe I felt, and how well I was able to entertain myself and was content to just "be." I rode a bike on the beach for the first time; saw Dolphin and Alligators... and even an Aardvark! I saw homes from the 1800s and trees whose limbs were bent in amazing beauty (? Angel trees) that only age could provide. And, of course, took lots of pictures (only some which are posted here).
My greatest learning from the trip was that there is a great difference between "solitude" and loneliness..... not once did I feel lonely and being alone, felt great.... I recognize, and appreciated that my solitude was my choosing..... and I had friends and family to come "home" to...... that is not always the case for others.
My challenge to you... is to carve out some time from this busy, demanding world, to discover your authentic swing.... to bask in your own company... and to be thankful and happy with it! It is a miracle beyond description!
I welcome your thoughts and stories!