I’ve had some serious family health issues that has taken my focus off of golf…and most else for that matter. But during these past months I have learned so much about so many things.
Yes, you kind of become an instant expert on a condition that effects your family and try do anything to help your family. And while I feel I have had a crash course in medical treatment and could hold my own with most in a discussion on the subject that isn’t what I have learned the most about.
Specifically, my people….my family and friends.
They say adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. And I can say unequivocally that I have witnessed just that.
My family and friends have been so supportive and generous in so many ways. When things get tough and we really don’t know what to do or say sometimes just being there is enough. And they all have been there for all of us.
I guess it all comes back to how we were brought up. In my case we were taught to love our family and friends and treat them as we would want to be treated. And it seems to be working out just that way.
My friends have been there for me, my sisters and brothers have supported us in so many ways, and my children, well I struggle to find the words but I’ll settle on inspirational.
Yes, inspirational indeed. It is from them that we all draw our strength and they are the foundation that we lean on to get through these challenging times.
I used to think that it was I that was teaching them. But our roles have changed: they are teaching me.
Teaching me that faith, hope and love are powerful tools. And that above all else, family rules all.
My family still has plenty of challenges ahead of us and we’ll band together to support each other while doing the right thing and living our lives.
So I’ll be back posting on Links Life Golf…maybe not as often as in the past but golf is still a huge part of my life. But when something likes this hits you, you take a step back, prioritize and take action.
Things are good in the Skinner family right now…thanks to those family and friends and the character within them all.