Laughter is the best medicine
Yogi cannot be attributed with giving rise to the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”. Nevertheless his Yogi-isms do make us laugh and hopefully we learn to take our medicine and move on.
Like the times when we are out there and leave every putt short and hopefully laugh it off by recalling that, "Ninety percent of putts that are short don't go in."
The power of positive thinking
Most golfers read lots of stuff in the hope of improving their game. Including the heady self-help stuff like the power of positive thinking and the following story made me laugh since on occasion I’ve had an, ‘all-too-intense playing partner’.
Peter tells the story.
“Dad remembers a story about Yogi standing over a shot that had to carry a lake. With his all-too-intense playing partner standing next to him, Yogi admitted, "I might hit it in the water here." To which his partner said, "Yogi, you've got this shot. Be positive!" So Yogi quickly rethought his comment and said, "OK, I'll definitely hit it in the water."
And I’m left wondering that if this story doesn’t raise a smile then we’re in serious trouble when trying to sort things out.
Who’s to blame?
For a man famous for his one-liners the following is unusually long and perhaps profound.
“I never blame myself (Yogi) when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?”
However on second thought maybe we should laugh at his psychological strategy and, “Take it with a grin of salt.”
Link to Peter Morrice
Quote of the Day
“You can observe a lot by watching.” – Yogi Berra