Life's No Accident (1 of 8) by Roger Thomas
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Series: Seven Wonders
Introduction: Talking about life's embarrassing moments. Perhaps you saw it on the Olympic highlights last month. American Matt Emmons was one shot away from claiming a gold medal in the 50-meter three-position rifle event. He didn't even need a bull's-eye to win. His final shot merely had to hit the target. Emmons raised his rifle, slowly took aim, and very carefully squeezed the trigger. Whap! Fifty meters down range a hole appeared just off center of the bull's-eye.
Normally, the shot Emmons made would have received a score of 8.1, more than enough for a gold medal. But it didn't. Emmons ended up out of medal contention, in eighth place. He hit the target--the wrong target! In what was described as "an extremely rare mistake in elite competition," Emmons fired from lane two, but aimed at the target in lane three. Excellent shot! Wrong target! (David Mordkoff, "American Emmons Misses Out on Gold by Firing at Wrong Target," www.Sports.Yahoo.com)
In that classic tale of Alice in Wonderland, not long after stepping through the looking glass, Alice has a conversation with the Cheshire Cat. Alice asks, "Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends, my dear," the cat with the big smile says, "on where you want to get to." Alice ponders for a moment and then says, "I don't much care where." "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the cat.
As that great American philosopher Yogi Berra once warned, "If you don't know where you're going, you're likely to end up someplace else!" Direction really does matter! In target shooting and life! No one really wants to live life only to find out he aimed at the wrong target.
Some of you may remember the movie "City Slickers." Comedian Billy Crystal plays the part of Mitch Robbins, an aging baby boomer. Fast approaching mid-life, Mitch has grown bored selling radio advertising a ...
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