With this line of thinking I have opened for myself a whole can of worms, I am not sure I can find the answers for which my line of thought has been leading me too. It all started yesterday with the shooting at the Dark Knight premiere in Colorado. Jessica Redfield a sports blogger and upcoming journalist from Denver, had narrowly escaped being killed a month before in a shooting spree that took place in a Toronto Mall, met her tragic death at the premiere of the Dark Knight Rises, Thursday night, Friday morning. This has brought up in my mind the question of Destiny, pre-ordination, and fate. These are questions that haunt me and make me question whether, our lives are all pre-written, is our future locked in stone and unchangeable?
This pictures seems to answer that question: It seems to indicate that our lives are on a path, and that our futures are pre-written.
I have been praying and thinking on this for awhile trying to understand exactly what this means. I believe that our future is a series of possibilities and probabilities, and that depending on the decisions and actions we take at specific points in our lives is what dictates what our possible future might be. So while it may appear that our future is cut in stone and unchangeable. It is not! What are forged in stone are way-points or milestones which are decision points, where our choice and probabilities unfold the next path our journey.
As I have been thinking on this an analyzing my thoughts on destiny, fate, future, and how it unfolds. I think that because we have free will and choice, that there are only predefined events, which I have called way-points or milestones in our lives. You can think of these sort of as save points in windows. Places where you are making a change or decision and you have to save a place in-case something goes wrong and you have to go back. Unfortunately, we as people don't have to ability to go back and undo or change what has happened like a computer, but we do have significant places of decision. This is where I think we have the ability to change or re-write our future, based on the choices we make.
Now, I want you to think on this, we make a thousand decisions a minute sometimes, and our brain is able to process this in a way that we hardly have to take the time out to consider them all, but in actuality, each decision that we make can influence the outcome of our future. If you understand where I am coming from you might begin to see that for each and every decision there are thousands of possible solutions. Not just the obvious ones we routinely choose from. I believe that each time we make a decision we set the direction our future will take. If we take the time to actually think about an analyze each and every question, decision, action that we are faced with and actually, literally and truthfully look at these, there are many different answers, actions, choices we could make. Some may not be easily seen or recognized because they are abstract and are outside of our norm. When I am talking about our norm, this is actually our rational pattern that we have adopted, it is what makes us predictable and sort of defines us. I think that if you are really wanting to change your destiny, outcome and fate, you must at times break out of your pattern of behavior, and think outside of the box, and take a different path then what has always been comfortable with you.
It may also be easier to look at things from multiple perspectives when trying to make a decision. Now, as I have pointed out our lifetimes are filled with decision points, way-points, milestones and how do we know which ones are the major ones. The ones that are going to change our lives and re-write our fate, history and our future? The answer is we don't! This is the honest answer, because I know sometimes it is easy to see where major concerns, questions, and paths can lead to different outcomes, but it is also my contention that the smallest decision can also greatly influence the path that you are one. I do not believe that life is easy or was made to be easy at all. That each question should be a challenge to our thinking and our pattern.
There are several schools of thought on this. You have certain religions, that don't believe that the future is at all pre-ordained and that it is exemplified by us having free will. Unfortunately, I wish that was true. Another school of thought is that of chaos, that all things originate and return to chaos. I hesitate and think that they aren't exactly on the right path either. I don't think that it is easy to see the future, and I don't believe that are path is written, I do however, belief that there are spots, in our lives that we have to face and go through. These are the portions of our history that are foretold, they are inevitable and are going to happen no matter what we do or how we plan around them. It is from these points that our actions, reactions and choices dictate where we go next and how well we do. Until we reach the next way-point or milestone. The picture above is what I am referring to when I talk about this. It says "Whats meant to be will always find a way", some of you may think that this is disheartening, that it takes away hope and faith. But it actuality it should do just the opposite. See, it is not only referring to the bad things and the tragedy's in our lives and future, but also the good things and the blessings we are going to receive.
It is unfortunate, about Jessica Redfield and that she lost her life, but in a way using that picture above, I can sort of make some sense of this terrible tragedy. See, and here you probably won't agree with me, but that is okay, because I am not expecting everyone to agree with everything I have to say, and I am just following a thought to a conclusion, whether it is right or wrong will depend entirely up to you. Because the truth of the matter is this, what may be right and true for one person may not be accurate and true for you. That is the amazing thing about life and philosophy, and the spiritual journey that we are all on. It is your own path and your own set of truths that are going to be revealed for you. Some of the things you learn on your journey are going to help you and others, and some aren't. Further, what another person learns on their journey may help you and then again it may help everyone but you, because your walk is different from their's. As I was saying, Jessica narrowly escaped the mall shooting in Toronto a month ago, only to find her life taken from her at a movie premiere. I think it is sad and pointless for her to have died, but I do realize that maybe it was meant for her to have died, and so another way had to happen for it to take place.
You may say how can you think like that, and that other people died too at the same time. I am not saying that this was her fault or doing at all. I think that each of us have an allotted time and when our time comes, and death arrives to take us, it is our time and we must go. I think that it was her time and that of the others that went with her, the circumstances of how and why it happened are terrible, and I won't pretend to understand the motivation of the man that committed these acts. Because the truth is I don't really understand at all what would make another person feel comfortable with or even dream of hurting another person, much less taking their life. Because to me Life is the greatest gift that we have been given, and we should protect it and guard it jealously, because it is the only one we get, and we should cherish it always.
I know sometimes it might be hard to cherish life, especially if you are sick or have been hurt. But, guess what, I think it is at those times when we are truly vulnerable and can see our own mortality, that we are more appreciative and thankful for what we have been granted. Jessica wrote in her blog something that is inspiring and very touching that I would like to also share with you, because I find that it is one of the reasons why I write to you and talk about all these things. She had written in her blog after the shootings in Toronto the following: "I was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on Earth will end." Because it is true that we never know when we are going to die or even how, I suggest resolving conflicts in your life, never leave anyone with an angry word, and be honest and tell people that you care about how much you love them. I know how hard it is to loose someone and not have the chance to say goodbye and reconcile things with them when you have parted on less then perfect terms and how you hold that shame and regret with you every day that you are alive.
Please walk away from reading this with the understanding that I don't believe that any one future, is absolute, that I believe that when confronted with a choice, a way-point or milestone, there are an infinite number of solutions or directions we can take, and how we choose and the choice we make, dictate the direction our lives are going to follow. There are only but single moments in our personal history that can be predicted, and those moments are what cannot be changed, and are what is meant to be. These are the task, questions, and decisions that we have to make, and if we follow suit in our own natural pattern, our future might be predictable and even seen. However, if you routine, try to think outside of the box and change your pattern for the betterment of you and those around you. You constantly write and choose your own path and future. There are millions of possible futures open to you, but only one leads to a bright, perfect and happy one. Choose wisely and think through everything. Take the philosophers journey with me and explore the meaning of everything and question all. Might be fascinating to learn the results.
With all of that being said, I would like to leave you with the following thoughts. "Shit happens!" and my answer to it is: "So what, Who Cares...Get over It!" Trust me this makes life so much easier to deal with and to be ready to accept what is thrown at you.
As always my hopes and dreams are with you,