Friday, October 21, 2016


Maybe destiny is not such a complicated thing and requires no grand sacrifice and commitment of us.  Perhaps those men who will achieve great things were born to a predetermined course and they had no say in the matter, they simply walk down the only path they know until they reach their destination.

Maybe these men that history has chosen to remember by their deeds or misfortunes or their sheer dumb luck, were simply passing by and stumbled into a moment they could not get out of... and the rest, as they say, is history.

It could be that for some men their lives have been written down and no matter what they do or how far and fast they run in the opposite direction of it, they simply cannot escape who and what they were chosen to be... the role they were meant to play in the grand scheme of things... maybe.

My friend Cris often says “a penny short and a minute too late” when there is not enough money or time for the things he wants.  I  found myself using that same phrase a few days ago when I missed out on a piece of property that my instincts told my to grab while I had the chance, but the moment came and went like the smile of a beautiful woman through the window of a passing train... I was... a penny short and a minute too late - destiny, could it be?

But why would destiny play such games with us - that we find our-selves stumbled into a moment with our pants down - so to speak, why would she give us a glimpse of something that is beyond your reach - not just at that moment, but it will always be unattainable for you, because that is not your destiny and no matter how much you hope and dream and visualize yourself grabbing it, no matter how much power of the mind and energy of spirit you exert, that thing that you want will forever be a dream because destiny has made other plans for you... could it be.

Let’s say that a man - out of all the men the world, was born into the world  for no other purpose but to stand witness to an event... to be at a certain place at a certain time, perhaps to lend assistance in a horrible event - to save the life of one who has a greater purpose, to offer a kind smile or just to listen to a poor man's sad story and offer encouragement, to offer an old man a seat on a train or bus, to help a lonely old lady cross a street, to drop a dollar in a beggars cup, maybe this one man was chosen - out of all the men in the world, to write an article that would change the lives of other men, paint a work of art that would convince others of the greatness of God, introduce another man to the woman he will marry and have a child with that will go on to save the world... destiny... disguised as simple little moments that we never pay attention to and may never loose too much sleep worrying over.

But if destiny was that simple and all I had to do was step out the door and smile at a stranger passing by who was determined to go on a killing spree that day... but gave the world another chance because of my careless smile... how would I know that I am then free to do as I please with the rest of my life - now that I have fulfilled my destiny?

And what of these men the world calls ‘men of destiny’ that go on to achieve greatness despite their disadvantages, disabilities, lack of education and their unfortunate circumstances, Men that went on to build fortunes that were raised in poverty and surrounded by negativity, men that  would become liberators and great leaders with no knowledge of politics and no military training... is it destiny or their stubborn persistence and immovable determination.

I believe in destiny - that everything happens for a reason, that for every choice I make, destiny has chosen an outcome. Every path I take leads me to where I am meant to be - but I have to make those choices, I have to walk the path... I have to know what it is that I want and go find it.  I believe destiny offers each of us the opportunity to make our dreams come true - but many are not paying attention to those moments - the simple moments and many do not take advantage of the opportunities because many do not know what those opportunities are - but I also believe that we have to create our own moments and our own opportunities because creating an opportunity creates a new path that destiny must create, because destiny chooses the predetermined outcome for every choice we make, then she must create a new outcome every time I chose another option - if plan ‘A’ does pan out, then I will move to plan ‘B’.  And the more you try, with honorable determination and sincerity, you show destiny your intention and will and desire for that thing, and I believe destiny will help you achieve your goal.

Bret Lynch

"If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it

If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
Makes you hold all other things tawdry
and cheap for it

If life seems all empty and useless without it
And all that you scheme and you dream is about it,

If gladly you'll sweat for it,
Fret for it, Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God or man for it,

If you'll simply go after that thing that you want.
With all your capacity,
Strength and sagacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity,

If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain
Of body or brain
Can turn you away from the thing that you want,

If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You'll get it!"

Berton Braley

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