Tuesday, June 3, 2008

More than meets the eye?

Do you believe in coincidences?

Do you believe that if you miss some crucial piece of information (life lesson) that it will find it's way back to you, that you will continue to repeat the cycle until you learn/notice this information or that once it's gone, it's gone?

I believe that history repeats itself if we fail to learn from our mistakes. I believe that there are certain things that need to be learned before I can move on to the next lesson in becoming who I am. I believe in second chances and I believe in making amends when the opportunity arises.

Perhaps we see only what we want to see because that is what we are looking for and perhaps still we see these things only because the time is right for them to be revealed to us in the grand scheme of things.

Everything has a purpose, everything has a reason and each thing has its season.

When I was younger I fought my way out of my small town life by earning a full paid college scholarship to the University of Texas only to find (once I got there) that I enjoyed school, but didn't enjoy attending classes. I worked and attended school full time unwilling to give up either, but knowing I couldn't keep both up without burning myself out. Eventually I got to the point where one had to give and the choice was hard...until an opportunity presented itself which allowed me to have both. Little did I understand then, that I would actually achieve my long term goal
of completing my degree (at no cost to myself) but I did. I worked hard and steadily towards this goal and no, it wasn't in the manner I had originally thought it would be, but I got to the end result just by a different path.

Be it fate, destiny, the work of god or some other higher being - I often wonder if our lives are a set of coincidences or a series of opportunities designed to get us to where we need to be or teach us certain lessons in life.

Take for example the picture below. Two babies, two different situations, born
at two different times in their parents lives yet very similar. Perhaps the commonality between these two babies has more than meets the eye.
What do you think - Coincidence, fate, hard work or something more?


Jojo said...

ok let me AHEM before I go all philosophic. I'm half and half on this...I believe that we form our own "fate" and when fate is favorable instead of patting ourselves on the back for leading ourselves to that place, we thank God or lucky stars for granting us a good fate. If we have our life already mapped out somewhere...then what is the point?

Semi-Charmed Wife said...

I'm a big believer in fate in the sense that I believe that we are all here for a reason, a singular unique purpose. We are here to do something that only we can do, and if we don't do it, it will never get done.

BUT I believe that we all have the freedom to choose NOT to fulfill that purpose, or to fulfill it in any number of different ways. So I guess I believe that there's a combination of fate, free will, and personal accountability at work...

chris said...

I believe that everything does happen for a reason but I also believe that it's within our power to control our fate.

The key is to be able to recognize the values of the events that happen in our lives and in turn act on each event appropriately.

Successful and happy people have a knack on doing this. It's not out of luck. It's the ability to recognize opportunity and act on them.

And the only thing you really need to be do this is to have positive attitude or to sorround yourself with postive vibes.


Jenn said...

I don't believe in coincidences. ;-)

krissy said...

I fully believe that history repeats itself and most of the time we are too nieve to notice it. I also believe in karma, as it has kicked my ass in the last few years.

Darn Karma!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I agree with Jojo....while I do believe in fate....I believe that life is a series of choices...and those choices come with consequences.

Then again....I do also believe that God is watching out for us!

I do so struggle with the whole "learning from my mistakes" thing! :)