How 'The Lady With a Bag' Taught This Golfer an Essential Life-Lesson

She waited under a spreading oak.
She waited under a spreading oak. (Unsplash/Cameron Roberson)

As others pushed through the polished progression of round after round of golf, the lone woman waited.

And waited.

And waited some more.

No one seemed to know her name—or even care that she had one.

The spreading oak tree, 30 yards behind the green, hid her from the view of most golfers there on the course in Huntington, West Virginia.

They didn't notice her flowing brown hair, handmade dress or pearls. They paid no attention to the handbag she carried in the bend of a right elbow or the flowers clipped into her hair.

But a young Dr. Steve Greene noticed. A novice golfer, he often found himself far back from the green where, he says, "I didn't give her much thought. I just thought she was waiting for someone; that was where people picked her up."

Whenever he golfed, he saw her. And as the months went by, whenever he golfed, he wondered why she was there.

As it turns out, the woman was waiting for someone. A someone who had left many years before.

"I finally asked the old golf pro, whose best skill, in my opinion, was hotdog serving, about this lady with a bag—because he had called the police about her many years prior to my questions," Greene says in the first-ever episode of the perennially popular Greenelines podcast on the Charisma Podcast Network. This week, that podcast will host its thousandth show.

To learn who the woman waited for—and why Greene says her story reminds him to lead others with hope—listen to the entire podcast at this link. And be sure to subscribe to Greenelines on your favorite podcast platform for more inspiring stories like this one.

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