On January 31, 1971, Alan Shepherd brought a golf club to work, along with a couple of balls. But Shepherd’s “work” was a little unusual. He was the commander of Apollo 14. Six days later, his work would have him on the surface of the moon. It was then, 50 years ago today, when Shepherd hit the perfect 6-iron shot – six times further than the ball would have traveled on Earth.
Some consider that to be the longest 6-iron ever hit (though the ball was never retrieved). But before you start quoting Bible verses (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” comes to mind), let me ask you a question.
Given that the atmosphere on the moon is so thin, does that golf shot really count?
Now that we’re on the subject, let’s talk recovery. Does your sobriety date really count if you . . .
- Still look at porn?
- Surf internet dating sites?
- Flirt with a coworker?
- Are dishonest in any area of your life?
Recovery Step: Technically, Alan Shepherd may have hit the longest 6-iron in history. And technically, you may be sober today. But are you – really?