(updated January 2024)
One of my favorite movies of all time is Bagger Vance. Set in the Savannah, Georgia, post WWI. Directed by Robert Redford, it stars Charlize Theron, Will Smith as Bagger Vance (God on earth) who appears out of nowhere, to rescue battle weary, local golf hero, Captain Ranulph Junuh (Matt Damon).
It’s a “feel good” movie about facing and overcoming life’s challenges and limiting beliefs.
Junuh is the favorite son of Savannah, Georgia, and a noteworthy golfer. From a wealthy family, the beautiful Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron) was Junuh’s girlfriend before he went off to war.
While serving as a captain in the US Army during World War I, Junuh is traumatized when his entire company is wiped out in battle.
Though he earns the Medal of Honor, he disappears after the war, eventually returning to Georgia years later, disillusioned, drunk, and broken.
At the start of the Great Depression (circa 1930), Adele is trying to recover her family’s lost fortune by holding a four-round, two-day exhibition match between Bobby Jones (Joel Gretsch) and Walter Hagen (Bruce McGill), the best golfers of the era, with a grand prize of $10,000, at a golf resort her father opened as the Depression struck. However, she needs a local participant to generate local interest.
Through 36 holes of golf as the backdrop, Bagger helps Junuh come to grips with his personal demons, find his swing, and get back into the game of life.
The author, Steven Pressfield, weaves his tale using the unfolding lives of three men from three generations.
Each man struggles to let go of emotional scars that haunt and torment his life.
It is after each one reaches his lowest point that the presence of a mystical being, Bagger Vance, appears in the guise of a golf caddy to reveal how to tap into our AUTHENTIC SELF (true self) to live a purposeful filled life.
The book is loosely based on the Bhagavad-Gita, the ancient Hindu epic and spiritual text of India.
Bagger Vance represents the divine being that appears as a guide offering insight on how to live an authentic life.
The internal fight that each man faces is played out through his golf game. But the teaching here is not only about the golf swing. . .it’s about living the life you were born to live.
Have You Lost Your Swing?
Like Junuh, those with a chronic illness, often lose their swing, their way.
It’s easy to see how someone with fibromyalgia could lose their swing and be MISSING OUT on LIFE…….. after years of poor sleep, chronic pain, low energy, potentially damaging drugs, and poor health, someone with fibromyalgia could easily lose their purpose in life.
What are you missing out on?
Time with your kids, grandkids, spouse, family, friends, travel, gardening, exercise, careers, cooking, household duties, or hobbies, lost to life draining fibromyalgia.
We all have a purpose in life, gifts, talents, that we are born with. Sometimes life can beat us down, and cause us to “lose our swing.” When we lose our way, life becomes a series of struggles.
Losing “your swing” leads to a life of struggle, regret, unrealized dreams, goals, and ambitions.
If You’ve Lost Your Swing? I can help…
If you want to get your swing back, find your passion, overcome your fibro symptoms, AND really LIVE as God intended for you too…
I can help.
My Group, Self Help, Coaching Program has helped hundreds of patients OVERCOME their fibromyalgia symptoms, and get their swing back.
It can do the same for you.
New Fibromyalgia Coaching Program launches soon.
Stay tuned….Updates next week.
Jill had lost her swing years ago. Fortunately she was able to find it again after starting my Program.
Jill’s purpose was helping others. But she had to help herself first.