Of the hundred-plus shots I have during a golf game, only a few are positively memorable, and the majority are just downright embarrassing. Logic would say that with the low percentage of decent shots, I should have given up on this sport long ago. However, it's the great feeling I get when I hit the ball perfectly and it actually goes where intended that keeps me returning to the course again and again. That one good swing somehow erases all the shots that end up ten feet in front of me, or in a pond, never to be retrieved. That one good swing is enough to keep me loving the game.
I am positive that there are other areas in our lives that we should approach like a golf game, wherein there may be a lot of tasks or actions involved that aren't necessarily enjoyable, but when things go well, the reward outweighs it all. Case in point...my son just returned from a mission trip to the south side of Chicago. He talked a lot about the difficult things he encountered, including homeless children, the murder rate in Blood Alley, and the lack of hope among the people. When I asked him if he would go back again, without hesitation, he said, "Absolutely!" When I asked him why, he said it was because of the little boy who clung to him each day at the shelter, and the homeless man who was grateful for a simple soda. In the hundreds of sights he saw that week that I am sure were difficult at best, the feeling he got by helping others was worth it all. My son experienced the one good swing.
Personally, I don't think the one good swing is obvious or predictable; we have to take the time to look for it. Maybe it's a beautiful sunset during a string of cloudy days, a great conversation with someone you barely know, or getting a win after a string of losses. So often, we look at what's not right in our world rather than celebrating what is. Nobody can do it for you, and it's different for everyone. Only you know when you have that one good swing.
What is the last good swing you experienced?