It’s my favorite line by notorious gunslinger, Doc Holiday, in the movie “Tombstone”. I’m not sure it was historically accurate, but it certainly was entertaining. According to Wyatt Earp, Holiday was “…the most skillful gambler and the nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun”. With a flick of the wrist and the flash of blued gun metal, many a frontiersman began their journey to Boot Hill as Doc Holiday unholstered his weapon.
What’s your weapon? Mine is an unempathetic, task-focused, aggressive drive toward the goal at hand. Like the legendary Colt Peacemaker, certain parts of my personality are equal parts effective tool, and destructive weapon. When used responsibly and under the right conditions, those personality traits have served me well. However, those same traits have occasionally caused a lot of damage – especially within my family.
Most of our personality strengths come with a complimentary dark side-kick. Two sides of the same coin. To kill one is to kill both. I don’t want to lose the positive benefit I receive from my personality, but I do have to keep parts of it in the holster.