Joy for Phil and Amy Mickelson
It was a happy moment watching Phil Mickelson, dressed in black, a pink ribbon embroidered into his golf cap, take his third Masters in Augusta on Sunday.
The Mickelson family have had a tough year – Amy, his wife and Mary, his mother were both diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. “In the last year, we’ve been through a lot and it’s been tough. And to be on the other end and feel this kind of jubilation is incredible,” said Mickelson, whose joy at having his wife by his side sharing his triumph was clear for all to see.
In the interview he did directly after his win, an emotional Mickelson told how “being able to share something so joyous after the year we’ve had was very special for us”. “I don’t normally shed tears over wins, and when Amy and I hugged, that was a very emotional moment for us and something that I’ll look back on and just cherish,” Mickelson said. “I’ll cherish every moment of this week.”
He spoke of how the excitement and happiness of the win gave them a lift from the day-to-day challenge of having an illness such as cancer. “We are fortunate long-term, but the meds that [Amy’s] been taking has been very difficult, and she didn’t feel well and she doesn’t have energy. This means so much to us to be able to share this.”
We all need those moments of joy in our lives. We may not win the Masters, or the Grand National or American Idol, but still those moments of transcendent joy are there in our everyday lives, if we have eyes to see. For me, it is moments in nature which help me transcend pain or sadness and give me hope, especially at this time of year. The new buds on the tree branches that have been bare all winter, the sparkle of light as it bounces off the rocks on the river bed, the song of the birds as they build their nests, the golden daffodils as they sway in the breeze, the new-born lambs gambolling in the fields – moments like these bring me joy.
How about you? What are your moments of joy which help you transcend the everyday challenges of life?
love this. i don’t know if i really know joy. but i do know that i really enjoyed sitting on the dock of a tidal creek realizing that after 16 months of battling, mom is done with all chemo/transplant procedures and surgeries. and is in remission. Joy? maybe. but fear too. we’ve heard the word remission twice now. but today is monday. and today mom is cancer free. i guess i’ll have to learn what it means living day by day. not fear to fear.
What a beautiful comment katy – thank you so much for sharing it with us. I am sure everyone will join with me in sending joy and healing to you and your mom and you are right – living day by day, not fear to fear is the key. Thank you for the reminder xxx
Thank you so much for sharing this story. As I was reading this I was watching the night time news and it was on TV.
Hum that is an interesting question. I find joy in many things around me. Joy when I can make it at work, Joy when my seeds for the garden I am going to plant have grown. Even when I am down I know that I will get up again.
When I look at my journal and see how God has carried me through out this cancer journey and has sustained me when I didn’t think I could make it I have joy at how a God could care for me that much! Now that is the joy that keeps me going
Thank you Luann for sharing your joyful moments with us here and let me tell you a little secret..your kindness to me today brought me a lot of joy amongst some sadness – thank you x
My husband was so surprised to hear my excitement at Mickelson’s win…and to see my tears as I read the post masters highlights. To me the joy in Phil’s win is that “a good guy” won, a sweet reward for standing beside his wife through a long journey.
It is interesting that you pose a question on joy as this topic has been heavy on my heart….I think I will take some time in nature and ponder exactly what is joy. Oh, goodness, as I wrote the last statement, this thought just came to mind: there is no room in your heart for your fear and joy–so hand me your fear and I will give you joy!
As always, thanks!
Hi Kim, I totally get you! I am not a golf fan, but having followed this story from last year, I really felt invested in Mickelson’s win.
I love your quote – hand me your fear and I will give you joy! Wow! That’s really amazing!! Have a great day xxxx
I’m also delighted Phil won the Masters. Not only has he played better golf but also have emerged as the sentimental crowd favourite for his decision to stand-by and support Amy in her fight. Besides, I felt, a win for Tiger would have brought the spotlight and scrutiny back into his fragile personal life.
My moment of joy comes early in the day, with the dawn. It has been an infatuation since my school days to watch the randomly altering colours of the sky, the stars fading off and listening to a selection of morning Indian ragas while the sun rises. Together they make a potent combination, the essence of which lingers on in me for hours.
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Like Kim, my husband was surprized to see me taking such an interest in golf as I never have before, but I was rooting for Phil and delighted he won
I wish the Mickelson family all the very best for their future health and happiness
I too wish them all well in the future – may this be the start of good things to come
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