Do You Believe in Destiny? The Story of The Drowning Man
Do you believe in Destiny?
Do You Believe in Destiny? I do – because I believe that our existence on earth is never just a random accident; Each of us has a special reason WHY we are here (= our purpose), and it’s our responsibility to figure out what that is, and then live it out to the maximum capacity.
Yet, I’m not fatalistic. While there is a blueprint written for our lives, we still need to work for it – and turn our precious experiences into something meaningful for us, and for others.
Are you paralyzing yourself in taking any actions, because what is happening around you has been putting you into a downward spiral of constant worries???
If this is you, I’d like to reassure you that, YOU ARE STILL IN CONTROL!
Our destiny like a storming sea
I’d see our destiny like a storming sea:
While we have no control over the changing winds, nor the undercurrent, what we can do is to DECIDE our destination, and then SHIFT OUR SAILS so that we, as captains of our ships, can survive the storms, ride along the waves and undercurrent, and eventually arrive.
The process of HOW we conquer the ups and downs in our lives is as important as arriving at the destination itself.
Because you are not the ONLY ship in the sea. When you stand tall and shift your sails, you inspire others to do the same!
So when life hits you hard – Do you gather yourself, re-access, plan and fight back?
In times like this, OF COURSE, we are not going to wait and see what will happen! And no, this is not what it means by “going with the flow”.
As the shock phase of COVID-19 is now over – it is the time for us to focus on what we can do, and give it all-in once we’ve decided!
- What do you do best?
- What brings the quickest return of your effort?
- What problems can you help solve for the people who are suffering?
Double down on that, and leverage from there.
Maybe it’d mean you are starting to explore job opportunities elsewhere. Like updating your Linkedin profile, reconnecting with school buddies and previous work acquaintances.
Maybe it’d mean you are starting a side gig that has been sitting at the back of your mind for a very long time; this time you are putting serious effort into it to make it work.
Maybe it’d mean you are moving to a new location that aligns with your values, beliefs and work style.
Whatever that is, just start somewhere.
Even if it might seem like just a small change, but choose Progress Over Progression every time!
The path of least resistance
Now let’s talk about finding the path of least resistance – does it ever exist?
The context of this idea is that we, as human beings, tend to OVER-COMPLICATE things.
Even when the Universe is giving us tons of signs to improve our lives and to get unstuck, based on our limiting thinking habits, we fail to notice them as our intuitive channels were closed.
Which reminds me of the story of The Drowning Man:
A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.
Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”
The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.”
So the rowboat went on.
Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”
To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”
So the motorboat went on.
Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”
To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”
So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.
Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned.
He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”
To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”
So my answer to my question – “Does the path of least resistance ever exist?”
Yes, but the quality of that path would highly depend on where you intend to go!
Because “the least” is a comparative concept – it doesn’t guarantee it would be EASY, nor the results would be exponential.
For example, if you intend to climb up to the highest mountain in your country – even the most straightforward route involves climbing up against gravity, sweating a lot, breathless moments, burning skin and sore legs are guaranteed. Still, the view up there would be worth the climb, if you have such a desire and COMPULSION the go up there in the first place.
Or, when a person allows self-sabotage to kick in due to low self-worth and poverty mindset, she might make lousy choices in her personal finance like getting drown in credit card debts by over-consuming what doesn’t bring her values nor happiness. That could be a really quick path to a personal financial crisis!
The essence of Personal Growth is learning how to double-down on our talents and strengths, while getting help in other areas so our weaknesses are not dragging us down!
Therefore, are you highly conscious of your real, mind-heart aligned intention one year from now?
Do you know your strengths, and what values you can bring to the world?
We are in a time of big disruption – And the SPEED of our responses is the single most crucial factor for you to take advantage of it.
Once you’ve made up your mind, channel your laser focus onto your goal, and make it happen!