Golf Swing Path? Best Retirement Plan? What ???

How can a proper golf swing path teach us about the best retirement plan? Follow along and I'll show you.

Retirement! Won't it be great? Oh, I long for the day when I can finally retire! Then I'll be on "Easy Street" and I can do whatever I want. I'll just go fishing, or traveling, or boating, or just do nothing all day long. It's going to be great!

For a lot of people, that is the goal of life. To find the best retirement plan and finally be able to quit the 9-5 job. Then things will be better.

Really? Are you 100% sure about that? Will you really be happy when you don't have a reason to get up in the morning? You might think so now, but what about a few weeks after you quit your job and start living a life that's "all bout me"? I think most people picture retirement that way. Working on their golf swing path. Living a life only for themselves, doing what they want to do, because it's "my time now". I've busted my hump for years, and now I'm going to goof off as much as I want! I can't blame you for thinking that, but it's a bad plan. 

Yes, I said retirement is a bad plan. Do I have your attention now? I hope so.

Why do I say that? Well, hang in there with me for a wee bit, and I'll explain. For starters, I found out from a Jewish Rabbi that there is no word in the Hebrew language for 'retirement'. He says that if there is no word for something in "the Lord's language" (which is Hebrew) , then it's not a valid concept. I agree. He says that older Jewish people may not do physically hard work after a certain age, but that they still perform useful tasks for the rest of their lives. In other words, they don't retire and just waste away somewhere, preoccupied by their golf swing path. They, for the most part, keep on contributing to their society. They fill a need somewhere. 

That's what keeps people going; living a long, prosperous and happy life.

The concept of retirement, or pension, has only been around for a short time as far as I know. I only know of these types of plans having been implemented in the last hundred years or so. There may have been similar things in times past, but I haven't heard of them.My point is, what did people do before all of these "great plans"? They kept on doing something useful and important to them, and if they needed help they got it from friends and family. Not a retirement fund that they had to slave for years to build. Only to find out that they wore themselves out to build it.

Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't save some money back for whatever might come up. Don't throw common sense out the window. But I am saying that retirement, as most people think of it, should not be the goal of your life.

Let's use the golf swing path as an illustration. Now I'm not a golf expert. But I heard this example given by Rabbi Daniel Lapin on his television show, "Ancient Jewish Wisdom". He said that the golf swing path starts by aligning yourself with the ball, and then drawing the club back over your right shoulder (if you are right handed). Then you swing the club downward to strike the ball and carry the swing through until the club is over your left shoulder. This complete golf swing arc makes up the swing. If you stop the swing just after the club strikes the ball, it will not go very far and will probably not go straight. The follow through is very important to get the ball to go where you want it.

So let's say that the ball represents your life path. You want it to go as far and as straight as possible. If the swing of the club represents your effort in achieving your goals in life, then don't stop half way. That's what happens if your goal is retirement. You have stopped your "swing" right when you hit the ball. Instead of following through to a full and great life, ( the full golf swing path ), you have stopped your efforts and become useless to anyone else.

Have you noticed what happens to most people that retire and don't contribute to their fellow humans? They start getting health problems, mental problems and financial problems. Who want's that? Not me.

Don't stop your swing when you're only half way! Live your WHOLE life. Trust God, not the worlds system. Again, I'm not saying to be foolish. Plan ahead, use common sense. But don't be fooled into thinking that your hope is in some retirement plan. Your hope ( the best retirement plan ) is in God and in His ways. Keep living your life with purpose, doing whatever it is that's important to you. Doing what God has put on your heart to do. 

Swing that club like you mean it !!!


Mitch Ferguson 
July 2010 


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