So the extraordinary news one: Tiger woods is back as Golf number One after almost 4 years of a winning drought! I have always being concerned about Tiger Woods and have often wondered if his not winning was deliberate or not? So let's track the story.
He was world number one for a total of 545 weeks from 1999 to 2010 until the fateful day when news broke out that he had an affair with a hotel manager. A couple of days later he had that famous accident, laceration on his eye brow, and a broken windshield, and from that day, all hell broke loose. Women and after women came out to say he had an affairs with them and the story, off course, went viral, followed by varying expressions of disappointments, stone throwing (especially from people "who have done no wrong"), name calling and even tagging - He is a sex addict, he is riding over women because he is rich, he is this, he is that etc. I recall the buzz when he went to do therapy for sex addiction and all, and the iconic picture that the paparazzi’s took of him at the rehab with him wearing a hood, then the TV appearances, apologies and proposition to stay of playing golf to attend to his private family matters.
I must tell you the truth, at that time, I thought a bit of his actions were media stunts so that they can show that he feels very remorseful and sorry for his acts. Infact I even had this notion that his deciding to stay off playing golf for a while had a PR tone to it . . . maybe it did have. But as I read again the losses he made at that time, it is hard to believe that those were just media hype. In retrospect, I have this feeling that he was at a desperate time in his life. Firstly, golf was one of the biggest things he knew how to do. Infact, he had been playing golf since he was two. He even appeared of special TV shows to show off his talent. Under the tutelage of his father, he had won all winnables from the Juniors to the Masters, golf not just his game, it was a major part of his life and identity.
In the middle of this new crisis, his caddie (the guy that supports him and carries his bag on the golf course), a close buddy of his, deserted him. Then his wife left him, and of course, you know the oyibo way, took the children along. The fact that she was going to take a substantial amount of money as compensation was an issue, but forget money, everything else may go bad, but when you wife and kids are leaving, then that is devastation on a different level, especially when you know you were the one that goofed, and that your goof has gone viral . . . like My Oga At The Top.
As if the young man had not had enough, all the companies he had ever worked for began to withdraw their contracts and end their sponsorship deals - Accenture, with that their killer advert on efficiency and high performance, with the header "Be a Tiger" were the first to bail, then AT&T, Gatorade, General Motor and even Gillett. Then to top it all, Golf Digest (a magazine he first appeared on as a child prodigy) suspended his monthly column. Only Nike and Electronic Art stood by him throughout the ordeal. Infact words, on Wikipedia, have it that the total shareholder's loss caused by Tiger Wood' affair was in between $5billion and $12billion. How bad can it be - when a man's secret activities decides to hunt him down - destroy his reputation, tear down his family, crumble his businesses, regressing his career and so on. Tiger Woods' state of mind is only imaginable, and all these were in 2009 cum 2010 . . . Then fast forward March 2013, the Tiger rose from the ashes, like the Phoenix, the purple bird of ancient mythology, to become world number one golfer again. Throwing off all the baggage of old, he stands tall among the icon of the great sport.
As I review the issue, one thought comes to mind, don't give up because of the adversity you are currently going through. it may look big and insurmountable, it may carry with it betrayal and loss which may be financial and social, but like the Preacher said in Ecclesiastes, To him that is joined to the living there is hope and a living dog is better than a dead lion. Job said “There is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again . . . Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant". It does not matter what you have gone through, as long as you are joined to the living, there is hope. You can rise up again like the Phoenix, from the ashes of your trouble and affliction. God can raise you up; it is not over with you yet! Take courage!
I heard yet another eccentric news, Nick D'Aloisio, a 17 year old high school boy in England, who is still reading to pass his A levels exam, has become the youngest millionaire ever. No, he did not inherit money from his long lost grand uncle, and he did not win a lottery, he wrote a mobile App called Summly, and sold the app to Yahoo for $30million. It did not end there, Yahoo has employed him for work for them, and he has not even left high school.
Can someone please buy my blog and pay me some cool million dollars!