Gunfight at the OK Corral

How many of us have watched an old western movie only to see the
typical scene where a bar room fight starts , either over a poker game
or a woman and someone immediately  runs to get the Marshall?

a consequence, chairs would be flying through the room, glasses were
breaking against the mirror behind the bar and many whiskey bottles
would be broken over the bad guys heads. Meanwhile, In comes the sheriff
to save the day.

fist fight ensues and eventually the mayhem spills out into the street ,
with horses and buggies full of women and children scurrying to flee
the flying bullets.  Soon the Marshall and the outlaw face off ,
standing not 20 feet from one another, each daring the other to draw

the sheriff is always noble and just , the bad guy  draws first, but to
his dismay and early demise, the sheriff

House of Ill Repute Jerome        wins, his aim is accurate and
true. The outlaw slowly

 collapses in front of the towns people , the
sheriff becomes a local legend and everyone retreats back to the Long
Branch for another drink and to reminisce about the evening’s

did the good guy always win? Surely the sheriff wasn’t always the
fastest gun or the most accurate, there had to be a reason for this.
What could it be? We have all watched these movies and no one has ever
questioned it  before. We were all to happy to see the sheriff as our
hero ,so he had to be the fastest and most accurate, besides that, he
wore a white hat.

way I see it, there is some truth in all of this, but the real reason
is  simple. You see, the outlaw had spent the entire evening in the
saloon, he was drunk. He couldn’t hit the broad side of a red barn. He
was seeing at least two people, so he never knew which person to aim at.
Further more, by being inebriated his reactions were slower than Gomer
Pyle walking through molasses in January, by the time he found his gun
and tried to draw, the sheriff had fired off several rounds, and chances
are at least one of them found it’s mark..

moral of the story is : if you are going to be in a gunfight, don’t
drink. Even in the fantasy land of television, there are lessons to be

“Accuracy is more important than speed.” Wyatt Earp.

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Life’s Journey

me, water can be an excellent example of how we should live our
lives.From the time the raindrops first land on the earth, they begin
their journey to their final destination, the sea.Water follows the path
of least resistance.

 It has become the most powerful force on earth by
following that simple precept. In most cases, water doesn’t force it’s
way into any environment. It just goes with the flow , silently seeking
it’s path by meandering and winding down life’s path ,thus seeking it’s
destination by following the path of least resistance.

this thought in mind, it has occurred to me that maybe when the planet
experiences a major flood, tsunami or other disaster it is nature’s way
of telling us we need to lighten up and follow the path of least
resistance. We , as humans have a natural tendency to make life more
complicated than it needs to be . We are always trying to go against the
grain and instead of allowing nature to take it’s course, we try to
alter events to our own liking, forgetting that if we ask the universe
for what we want and move confidentially in that direction, our wants
will be taken care of.

we need to do is step out of the way and just “be”. It is in these
times of trying to force our will upon the universe that the universe
fights back and gently explains to us that God is in charge and we
should let him find the solutions. When we step back and let God do it ,
the outcome is always better than when we pre-plan the outcome.

doesn’t mean we should do nothing, quite the contrary, we need to
remain active in the process. What we don’t want to do is to have a
predetermined idea in mind about how it is all going to turn out.

we need to set a goal and not settle for less, but sometimes what we
ask for isn’t in our best interest. Many times the universe has a much
better future in mind than we could ever imagine for ourselves. There is
a  lot of truth in the country song, “Thank God for unanswered
prayers.” Many times the best way God answers our prayers is to remain

pray for what you want , or something better, for the highest good of
all concerned. Be just like that small stream of water, go with the
flow, change directions if needed and you will reach the sea of
contentment all in due time.

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