Friday, April 4, 2014

Life's Jigsaw - Destiny

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each little piece is an aspect of our journey through it. And when at last we find that last piece and fit it into place, we eventually see the meaning of this life.


UBC Day 4
The D piece - Destiny

If adversity is sent our way to build character, then is that our destiny?  And if we can change our destiny why create adversity for ourselves?

I can only answer those questions with what I believe. These are my views only.

I believe that our destiny is pre-determined by us before we decide to take on this life. Along the way however, we do have the free will to make choices and choose our paths to that destiny.

And as always, the benevolent Universe lends a helping hand in many ways.

Sometimes it quietly nudges us onto the path we should take. When life is humming and all things seem to fall into place, we are usually aligned to our destiny and the path we are walking is the one we are meant to be on.

Sometimes it nudges us off the path we are on because it isn't the path we are meant to be on. The Universe sends us many signs and signals that the path we are on isn't the path we should be walking.  A sign for me is usually a restlessness and dissatisfaction - an urge to move on and try something new. But often we don't heed these signs. And then eventually the Universe is forced to shove us off that path. 

Sometimes it creates circumstances that are required so that we build ourselves up to face our ultimate destiny. This is usually to build up some skills we need as illustrated in my previous post on character.

About 11 years ago after working in an organisation for 10 years, I lost my job in a company restructure. Until then I had only ever worked in the private sector but jobs in the private sector were scarce and opportunities were only available in the public sector. With great trepidation I took a role there, was completely surprised and have never looked back.

Prior to that event, a restlessness had started to grow within me. 10 years was a long time. The role held no further challenges for me and the work was now starting to get mundane. 

The Universe, I am sure, created the circumstances for my redundancy and channelled me into the public sector by suppressing private sector opportunities.

The redundancy also gave me an opportunity to look at myself, my skills, my likes and dislikes, my strengths and weaknesses, it took away the fear of losing a job and it fostered great trust and faith in my Divine Maker, that having put me into this, He would also take me through it.

Perhaps this was one of the turning points in my Spiritual quest and a turning point in alignment to my ultimate destiny.


"We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny.  
But what we put into it is ours" 
~ Dag Hammarskjold


The choices we make and the attitude we have determine the way in which we reach our destiny. 

Wishing you a day when the choices you make takes you on an easy path to your destiny.


Written for: A to Z Challenge and The Ultimate Blogging Challenge


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68 comments:

  1. Nice post ! I believe "As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time."

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    1. Thanks Ananya. All things happen in Divine timing.

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  2. I believe too that everything that happens has been predetermined...destiny...because only then can I make sense of those things that go wrong inspite of our best efforts ...

    Random Thoughts Naba

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    1. So true Naba - that is exactly how my thoughts evolved.

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  3. I am going through a major transition with respect to my Job... these are the days of apprehension and doubts... your words have come to at the right time :)

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    1. Glad my post could help Rajlakshmi. All things happen for a reason and nothing occurs by chance.

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  4. I think if I was left to my own devices I would have made a big mess of life. As it is there have been some messy spots but overall life has been an incredible journey.

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    1. Me too Patricia. I am glad for that Universal help.

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  5. I'm liking this jigsaw and the pieces of the meaning of life. Here's hoping that you keep finding the pieces that give you joy in your destiny.

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    1. Thanks Marcy. Glad you like my posts. Wish you the same :)

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  6. I too have always believed that we decide on our destiny before we come into this world. And yes the universe does send out signs , some subtle some strong to help us along the way. Beautiful write

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    1. Thanks Nithya. Spiritual evolution brings us to that place. Glad you liked it.

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  7. I think the Universe presents us with lessons that we need to learn. If we fail to learn the lesson, the universe sends a stronger and louder message until we get it. When I have conflict in my life, or have an unpleasant experience, I've learned to ask myself," What lesson am I suppose to be learning?"

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    1. #1Nana - Bingo - that is exactly the way I feel.

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  8. Your post resonates with my thoughts on destiny and freewill, Suzy. First a gentle tap, then a push and finally a shove if we still don't listen . What a way of bringing us back to the path!

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    1. Thanks Prathima. We are invariably brought back on the right path. After being shoved and slapped a lot, I've learned to listen.

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  9. Respecting your views. Just stating I have my reservations :)

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    1. Thanks Shail. Destiny is a controversial subject and everyone has their own theories. Would love to hear yours. I keep an open mind - for only that way I can learn more.

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  10. Suzy, this was another very thought-provoking post! I like how you take up something so complex and present it so simply, so sincerely. I am more or less in alignment with your views, though have a slightly different understanding of some things. But hey, that's what makes it all interesting, isn't it?

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    1. Thanks Beloo. Do share your thoughts. Destiny is a subject that fascinates me and the more views I come across, the more I learn.

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  11. I have significantly different views on this subject.

    I only wanted to state that I liked the fact that, at the very outset, you stated, "These are my views only."


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    1. Thanks ProactiveIndian. Do share yours. I'm always interested in what others think.

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  12. I believe. That is the reason that everything happens at a right time.

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    1. So true Janu, belief and Divine timing.

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  13. Something that I needed to read today. I am a big believer in the Universe and its plans. But sometimes, things happen to throw you off balance. It is always good to be nudged back on track. Thank you for this, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Shailaja. The universe constantly looks after us but we need to believe that.

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  14. I guessed your word before coming to the blog...I love that quote, all that we put in this pre-ordained journey is totally hours

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    1. Thanks Shiva. I love that quote too. It's a good reminder that we control our own path to a pre ordained destiny.

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  15. I believe too that whatever happens is pre determined and nothing you do could have changed it!! Gives me some sort of peace and makes me feel less guilty!

    Swathi

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    1. Thanks Swathi. Yes, it does kind of take off a little bit of stress of always wanting to achieve.

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  16. There's something so comforting about the idea that the Universe is looking out for you.. waiting to give you that nudge if you're not on the right path. I like that thought Suzy.

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    1. Thanks Tulika. It is a very comforting thought.

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  17. I believe that universe has decided for us. We of course are only instruments of actions but the course of it preordained.

    Richa

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    1. Thanks Richa. You summed up my thoughts well.

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  18. Wishing you a day when the choices you make takes you on an easy path to your destiny.--- Amen to that. I wish universe conspires to fulfill some of my desires which might have been destined for me :)
    good one Suzy

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    1. Thanks Afshan. If you have the faith and believe, then all you want will be given to you.

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  19. I believe in destiny too. Pretty much the same philosophy you have about it. Lovely D post! ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Glad you liked it and nice to know we have the same thoughts.

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  20. This is something I TOTALLY connected with Suzy! Very well written!
    Dagny

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    1. Thanks Dagny. Great minds think alike :D

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  21. Beautiful post Suzy.. I enjoyed it:-) It is very re-assuring in a way ... that the path we walk on is the one we are suppose to be on also. It's meant to be. I love the quote by Dag Hammarskjold:-)

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    1. Thanks Eli. I truly believe that the universe is a benevolent guide, but we need to listen to its wisdom.

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  22. Well I still don't know if I believe or not in a pre written destiny....Lovely post :)

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    1. Thanks Jaibala. It's what we each believe - and we can't all believe in the same things or else existence would be boring. But do share your thoughts.

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  23. You are so right Suzy...
    Sometimes its just restlessness that we feel to come to the conclusion that thisis not the chosen path for us...

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    1. Thanks Sitara. It is certainly one of my signs.

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  24. I believe in Destiny and that we don't make it but improve on it by our deeds. The Universe shows us the way, lovely post Suzy.

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    1. Thanks Sulekha. Love how you say we don't make it but improve on it by our deeds. Beautiful.

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  25. I believe the sooner you except things the sooner you get over it and also it helps you reach your destiny with a smile and not repentance.

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    1. So true Karan. Acceptance helps us move forward faster.

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  26. Everything happens for a reason true.. but the pain of loss cannot be replaced... wish sometimes we got the sign for why the reason was there.. Profound Post..!!

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    1. Thanks Rubina. True pain of loss cannot be replaced but then that is life.

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  27. Wonderful Suzy! I think we make our own paths...of course the benevolent Universe nudges us if we go astray but destiny's role comes to an end after our birth...no?

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    1. Thanks Aditi. Destiny's role then begins again, in another life in another place!

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  28. This makes a lot of sense and I too believe in pre-destination although we do have choices along the way. Life is what we make it. We can choose to be happy or not.

    Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Sunni. Life is truly what we make it.

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  29. While I don't believe that our destinies are set in stone, I do think that you have written a very interesting post on the subject. Very thought provoking.

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    1. Thanks Stacey. Glad you found my post interesting and thought provoking.

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    1. Hi Michael. thanks for dropping by.

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  31. I believe in Destiny too. Like they say, there's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be... it is all pre-decided!!

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    1. Absolutely Shilpa. Nothing happens by chance.

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  32. I am actually not sure if I believe our destiny is pre-determined. I do like to think that there are several options and the choices we make along the way will lead us to different endings...kinda like the mystery books where you choose-your-own-mystery.

    I loved this line of yours though "The choices we make and the attitude we have determine the way in which we reach our destiny. "

    I think our attitude to life and our choices certainly determine our final outcomes... :)

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    1. Thanks PB. Or it makes our path enjoyable or one mighty pain - that decision is certainly our choice.

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  33. This is what our scriptures tell us in some ways, that whatever happens, happens for a reason.
    We can get the signals only if we listen to the inner voice !
    Loved this piece, as well !!

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    1. Thanks Sreeja. As they say "Hoi hai vahi jo Ram rachi rakha".

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  34. There is a scientific theory which states that all matter which currently exists has always existed, as matter can never cease or disappear. The humorous view on this is that we are all breathing dinosaur pee, which cracks my daughter up to no end. The more soulful perspective is that this is why some people are more "right" for us than others -- we are made of the same "star stuff" from the original state of matter. I like to think my hubz is my soul mate, which in some ways mirrors the idea of destiny. I guess that puts a more factual spin on a spiritual matter, but logic and facts are how I make sense of mystical things that otherwise baffle me. Not sure how I feel about destiny, otherwise. But am sure enjoying your series of posts, as they force me to think harder and question what I believe -- which is, of course, how we learn, and come to accept {or reject} new and scary ideas.

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    1. Thanks Andi-Roo. Glad you are enjoying my posts and that they are giving you things to think about. You are right that in questioning different ideas we ultimately arrive at our own - my journey has been the same questioning, accepting, rejecting and then coming up with my own blend. Thank you so much for visiting and for writing your thoughts. I was delighted to read them.

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