Vignettes in Aging – Destiny

Do you know what your destiny is? Do you know who has control over your destiny? Is it outside forces or choices that you make for yourself? Is a discussion about destiny important?

American lawyer and politician William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) wrote, “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” In this quote he equates destiny with our future. In other words, our future doesn’t come about by chance and isn’t something that randomly happens to us.

Each choice we make in life leads to a consequence and all the consequences make up the fabric of our lives. We create what happens to us by the choices we make.

Destiny involves the gifts and talents you have been given (amazing height and strength at which to excel at sports, a sharp mind to quickly solve problems) and the gifts and talents you have developed over time (making others around you feel loved, being a beautiful painter). The combination of these two factions brings about your purpose in life and may aid in identifying some goals for yourself.

Your gifts, whether born with them or acquired throughout your life, are for the benefit of others. What you do with these gifts is important, and that is why a discussion about your destiny is important.

What choices will you make today that will bring about the consequences you desire?