Controlling Our Destiny

Many of us believe in envisioning a positive outcome and setting goals with the expectation that our plans can be achieved. We rejoice in our good fortune, often seeing it as a result of our own efforts. But what about the difficult times? Did we do something wrong? Are they the result of destiny over which we have no control?

Stories have great power to teach, heal, and inspire. Find out what this wise storyteller has to say about the secret to gaining control over oneís destiny.

In Greek mythology, the Daughters of the Night, the three Fates, determined each personís lot in life. Clotho spun the thread, Lachesis measured the length of each strand while deciding individual destiny, and Atropos sheared the cord, ending a personís life. They caused both good and bad things to happen to all mortals, their formidable power a part of the natural order of things.

All spiritual traditions teach that good and bad occurrences are part of every life. The hard times often provide the very circumstance that guides us to unexpected insights and opens up new possibilities for growth. Time shifts and our perspective changes. It takes patience to allow time to unfold and to see how things fit together. Unexpected changes are part of lifeís mystery. If we lament the condition of our life, we become mired in regret. When we learn to accept our situation, we seek to understand it and work out new ways of responding. In this way, we exert some measure of control over our destiny.

Adapted from Wisdom in the Telling, by Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi (Skylight Paths, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi. Reprinted by permission of SkyLight Paths.
Adapted from Wisdom in the Telling, by Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi (Skylight Paths, 2006).

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5 comments

janine k.
janine k.4 years ago

You just never know when Atropos will cut that string!

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C.5 years ago

thanks

Belinda Johnstone

Interesting read...thank you

Jean Muir
Jean Muir5 years ago

So we are all in control of our "lot in life" or destiny...how we accept our past, is reflected in our present, and the occurrences in our present, may foretell what may occur in our future.

Alberta G.

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED GREEK MYTHOLOGY BUT HAD PUT IT ASIDE AFTER COLLEGE. THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME HOW MUCH I USED TO ENJOY IT.