Destiny is the situation that comes to you, which are beyond your control. For example, you didn’t choose your parents. You were destined. That was destiny. Did you ever choose your looks? So, situations are destiny. You didn’t choose them, the God (creator) gave them to you.
If someone come and insult me, I didn’t choose it, it came to me. This situation is destined. But your response you make to those situations are your choices. Response is not destiny. What I choose is my choice and when I choose it, that decides my future destiny, that’s why it is said man is the maker of his own destiny not situations, that will remain what they are. But how you respond to those situations is completely and entirely your choice.
For example, you may choose to get on an airplane to London, but once the plane takes off, you can no longer choose a different destination. You will have to get off in London. Still, you can make new choices as to what you do while you are on the plane and after your arrival. This simple analogy says so much about life.
Another example, on the boat of life, you may not have control over which way the wind blows, but you do have control over the sails and how you are going to respond to the winds of change. We cannot always change our circumstances, but we can choose how we respond. If we focus too much on what cannot be changed, it leads to frustration. However, if we focus on what we can change, it leads to growth.
We are responsible for our choices, whatever reactions we are presently undergoing due to past choices, we can choose to respond in a way that will be beneficial for ourselves and those around us. That is how we shape our future. Therefore, it is said that “I am who I am today, because of the choices I made yesterday.”
Choice of words can make or break a relationship, choice of timing can affect the outcome of our pursuits, a choice of diet and exercise can determine our health and a choice of our consciousness can change our experience of life. Our choices create impressions in the mind that enable us to act beneficially and even in challenging times, almost like a second nature. If we perspire in a time of peace, it can protect us from bleeding in a time of conflict. In other words, if we make the right choices when things are going well, it gives us inner strength to make the right choices when things are not going well.
The nature of the world is there going to be challenges, there’s going to be setbacks. Example, like there are two sides if coins, heads & tails. Similarly, life is like a coin. Wherever there is happiness the other side is distress. There’s health, there’s disease, pleasure pain, birth death. That coin is always going to flip over. And not much we can do about. But there is a little space between heads and tails, the rim. That place we actually find balance between the body, mind and the spirit. That’s the place where our relationship can be real.
Every situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life is not so good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way. Take some deep nourishing breaths outside. Close your eyes and feel the rain or wind or sun on your face and just breathe! Nature gives us so much love every day, experience it.
I can see. I can feel. I can smell. I can hear. I can think. I can eat. I can drink. I can go. I can stay. I can sleep. I can shower. I can watch TV. I can search the internet. I can take a bike ride. I can breathe. I can dream. I can wish and I can work. Life is a gift, you didn’t ask for or earn. It was given to you. You’re here. And I’m here. And I think that should be more than enough of a reason for us to live for more than just ourselves for as long as we’ve got.
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