Few people have fallen as far as quickly as Tiger Woods has the last couple of weeks.
What started as a simple car accident has grown and morphed to the point that Tiger has lost endorsements and has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the sport which he has come to completely dominate over the last several years.
America is absolutely obsessed with the fall of major celebrities, and the press coverage centered on this issue since it happened has been overwhelming. Much of the coverage has focused on how surprising this whole turn of events has been—how we apparently didn’t know Woods like we thought we did.
And I admit that I was a little surprised myself, especially as the number of women who came forward claiming relationships with Woods continued to grow. After all, it’s one thing for a person to commit a one-time indiscretion (apparently, this is the new term for adultery—the basic problem with cheating on your spouse is that it’s not very discrete), and another thing for someone to carry on several extra-marital affairs at the same time.
So Tiger Woods let us down (and more importantly, let his family down) in a very public and painful way.
But I think the story of Woods serves to illustrate a very important point—people always let us down. If you know someone long enough, they’ll disappoint you in some way. Hopefully it won’t be in as painful of a way has Tiger has disappointed his family, but it always happens. Given time, people will always disappoint us, because people are imperfect, and they make mistakes.
Don’t put too much faith in other people. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t put any faith in people or that we should avoid relationships which require us to trust one another. Instead, realize that other people mess up just like you do, and be open to forgiveness when (not if) they disappoint you.
And put your true faith in the One who never lets us down, and is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13.8).
So there are several reasons why The Doc File has been pathetic lately, but one of the major ones was that for the week of Thanksgiving I traveled to London with my family (the week before London I was busy trying to get things done so I could be gone, and the week after London I was busy catching up with work that I missed).
It was an incredible trip. I had never been to London before, but it was quite a bit like I expected. One thing I expected but still couldn’t really get over was how much history there was all around you.
In the town where I live, buildings from 1900 are preserved for historical value and schoolchildren visit them on field trips. In London, we randomly stumbled upon a cathedral that none of us had ever heard of which dated back to the 12th century.
A non-exhaustive list of places we visited and things we did:
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and Mueseum (not the original, it’s been rebuilt)
National Library (Codex Sinaiticus and two 1215 copies of the Magna Carta)
Natural History Mueseum
Edinburgh Castle (we took a train to Scotland one day)
The Royal Mile in Edinburgh
Jack the Ripper walk (this was really cool; I’m kind of obsessed with Jack the Ripper)
City of London walk (Big Ben, House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace)
National Gallery (Rembrandts and Van Goghs)
Evensong in Westminster Abbey
Tower of London and Tower Bridge
HMS Victory in Portsmouth (Admiral Nelson’s flagship from the Battle of Trafalgar where Napoleon was defeated)
It was kind of an exhausting trip with all the stuff we squeezed in, but you don’t get to go to London whenever you want to. I hope to upload some pictures to Flickr later this week.