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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Destiny or Chance

The Road of Life

  • The events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future. The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate. –

I have many favorite sayings that I find myself quoting regularly.  It seems that in researching the origins of some of those quotes I found that many of my favorite quotes are supported under Destiny:

  • I often see postings on Facebook where people say things such as:  God must think I am a real bad ass, because he only gives you, what you can handle and my plate is always overflowing.  
  • In fact and unfortunately for many he does test us all but he also gives us Free Agency (the power to make choices). Many bad choices lead to difficulty and handling the tasks we are given.  
  • I have been quoted to claim a successful large franchise of lemonade stands from all the lemons life has given me along the way.  Always without exception I recommend that people try to look at the silver lining (bright side) from a bad situation.

I was enjoying a conversation with a friend about destiny, and I mentioned that a person could be in a passenger plane that crashes and not be killed, if it wasn’t his destiny, he countered by saying that what I was saying was equal to:  he could aim a revolver to his head and pull the trigger, and that he wouldn’t be killed if it wasn’t his destiny.  I said to him that his statement was true to my belief, however, before he pulls the trigger to consider that,

  • That very action could be the way he is destined to die. 
  • If on the other hand he is not meant to die that way,
  • He might he be destined to be a paraplegic for the rest of his days? 

For me that falls under don’t temp fate (or destiny) with stupid and unnecessary challenges.  This also falls under the Free Agency (power to make choices).

Every once in a while, I will come to a fork on the road (literally), and wonder what the outcome will be if I don’t take the regular path that I am used to taking.  I also wonder if I take the alternate path and something goes wrong, will I regret making the wrong choice.  Mind you I don’t spend too much time worrying about options.  The majority of my actions are well thought out in advance.

  • Our destiny belongs to us and only ourselves. No one else owns it. In finding that destiny it is our responsibility. No one can give it to us, again it is ours. We have choice to go after it or not. Where fate is something that happens to us. Sometimes fate takes away our choices we have made. Yet it being something inside of us that leads us back to destiny or our choice to go after our destiny.  
  • Fate can remind us to listen to our own intuition and show us the way back to our success we are searching for in life and the happiness in our hearts. Now destiny is something we have when start our life the path that we want to achieve. But we face the fact of, what is our destiny and how do we reach it or find it? This is where the fate comes in. Our inner being that nudges us in the right direction. In the long run destiny is our choice and fate helps us to reach it throughout our lives we have chosen to live. –

Just because it is possible that our life is already mapped out, it doesn’t mean that we can’t make the most of what we are given.  Let’s prepare ourselves for the best possible outcomes.  I don’t believe that we can’t affect our lives by great effort, and faith in our own abilities and our children.  I am reminded of a joke about a situation where the town gets flooded and this very religious man, moves to the second floor of his house, to stay above water.  Eventually he ends up on the roof of his house again to stay dry.  First responders arrive in a power boat and offer to take him off the roof, and he says help the others, God will provide for me.  Next rescue arrives by way of the National Guard helicopter, and again he waves them off, by saying help the others, God will provide for me.  He unfortunately is swept away and drowns.  When he arrives in Heaven, he gets to ask God, why did you let me drown, and God answers, who do you think send the power boat, and the helicopter?  The best is yet to come…..

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