We Determine Our Destiny

“We do not realize our divinity; that we are part of the great causation principle of the universe. We do not think highly enough of our superb birthright, nor comprehend to what heights of sublimity we were intended and expected to rise, nor to what extent we can really be masters of ourselves. We fail to see that we can control our destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be.” ~ Orison Swett Marden, Peace, Power, and Plenty….

Here we are offered a beautiful glimpse at our divine potential: as purposefully created beings, we not only have the ability, but also the destiny, to create for ourselves a life that is intentionally breathtaking. We control our destiny; or perhaps it is more precise to say that we determine it, as we do not necessarily have to exert any force or attempt to manipulate any situations.

With the right attitude and some healthy diligence, we have the power to become “whatever we long to be.” That means making sound and beneficial decisions that serve to improve our situations in life and sticking with them. We can start off small in our line of work and then grow professionally. We can begin to show more love and understanding in our relationships and grow emotionally. We can set aside time to pray, reflect, and meditate and grow spiritually. We can spend time in study or discuss with others and grow intellectually. We can work at developing ourselves now, so that little by little, we grow into wiser and more compassionate individuals.

Our destinies are in our own hands. If we choose to be mediocre, we will never rise to our potential. But if we remain open to the fact that we simply have no definitive idea of what we can become, and offer ourselves the chance to meet and exceed our wildest expectations, then we will become “whatever we long to be.”

Do what is necessary and possible to become what your spirit longs to be.

Questions to consider:

What are some of the ways you control your life? How might you do so more purposefully?

Why do many individuals feel that they have no control over their own destinies or over the directions their lives take? How might you help these individuals gain a better understanding?

What things might you do today to establish positive directions that your life can take?

For further thought:

“It’s choice–not chance–that determines your destiny.” ~ Jean Nidetch

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