Will You Miss "The One?"

Phil Mickelson placed second at the US Open golf tournament for the 6th time. That's what most people will remember. There's another story, though, that many people might never know.

In the midst of all the practice for this huge golf event, Mickelson left practice on Wednesday so he could fly home to attend his daughter Amanda's 8th grade graduation. The really big deal... he had to fly overnight to be at his 7:11 AM tee time on Thursday. Not exactly a smart thing to do if you want to in the best shape to play competitive golf.

When asked about his reasoning, he said, "I don't want to miss her speech. I don't want to miss her graduation. She spent nine years at that school. And she's worked very hard, and I'm very proud of her." Phil Mickelson knew that this would be an event, if missed, that he could never attend again.

In our struggle to get it all done we are in danger of missing so many "one time" events, both large and small, that may never happen again. And it's in those moments that the quote, The pain of discipline and commitment is measured in ounces. The pain of disappointment and regret is measured in tons.

Yes, Phil placed second at the US Open. If he had it to do over again, would he do things differently? I think we both know the answer to that question.