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Tiger Woods’ affairs: Truths and Consequences. KQRS Mike Barnard Show

6 January 2010 One Comment

Tiger Woods was devastated by his father’s infidelities with his mother, Tida, according to his first girlfriend, Dina Parr. His father, Earl, had been unfaithful to his first wife, Barbara, too. Tiger’s pristine image has been shattered, he has lost advertising sponsors, and his marriage to Elin Nordegren is headed toward divorce with painful consequences not just for Tiger and Elin but for their two young children as well.
Tiger is faced with a life changing decision: whether to confront his infidelities and his legacy from his otherwise revered father. Does he continue his repetitive pattern of cheating, or does he confront his addiction and take on the challenges of recovery? Addictions are common in our society; they are compulsive patterns of behavior we repeat in spite of their negative consequences.
Tiger has the choice of confronting his infidelities through recovery which will allow him to live an honest life, a life without secrets, and a life which will enable him to respect himself.
What was missing? What was he seeking through his repetitive affairs? What did he not have?
Could it have been that in spite of his fame, wealth, and power he did not value himself, was not content with himself, could not accept himself? Fame, wealth, and power do not guarantee us self-respect and self-esteem. Perhaps our most difficult challenge is to value and respect ourselves and to feel worthy just the way we are, warts and all. We have seen these struggles in many of our most famous celebrities: President Clinton, Princess Diana, O.J. Simpson, John Edwards, President Nixon, Michael Jackson, and now Tiger Woods.

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