According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, fate is defined as:
the development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power
as a verb (to be fated) be destined to happen, turn out or act in a particular way
What do we think of when we think of fate?
(imagine the final jeopardy theme playing here- it’s 30 seconds long, and if it gives contestants enough time to think of and write down an answer to a question- you should be able to come up with an adequate thought of what fate means)
Ok- you have your thoughts?
Do you think we have any control over what happens?
Do you think events have been predetermined, and we’re just playing it out?
I really don’t know what I think about fate. To me, it falls in the same category as soul mates. Is there one person who we are supposed to be with? Have the stars matched you with someone?
Have the course of our lives been charted before we are even born?
I recently read a book “The Authenticity Project” by Claire Pooley. Without giving too much away, the begins with a woman finding a journal left behind in a coffee shop. When she opens the journal to figure out who to return it to, she realizes that someone left a note and a message. The note shared something personal about the writer, and the message said- write your story here, then leave the book somewhere else so someone else can learn yours and add there’s….
Obviously, since it’s a book, people add their stories and leave the book behind for someone else to read….
Does fate bring the book to certain, specific people, or is it just luck of the draw?
I guess I don’t like the idea of fate because I am a total control freak…I don’t like to think that anything is beyond my control… (corona 1- my controlling it- 0)
Presently, I know that I have gained weight recently and it’s not because of fate. It’s because I lack control of the situation around me and I am soothing myself with food, and I haven’t been walking or going to the gym or moving… (salty snacks – 5 my waistline- 0)
But I guess you could say I was fated to gain weight….which is a nice rationalization…but it’s not really going to help the situation…
I really don’t know….