Do you believe in destiny? I am sure that most of us do believe in destiny as a general rule. But I am talking about personal destiny, about your reason and purpose for being placed into this, our world. Do you believe in a personal destiny? Do you believe that each and everyone one of us has a ordination on our lives, a specific calling if you will? It is true, you know. You and I are not here by accident. Our Creator or God or the Universe or whatever name you are comfortable with has a design for your life. We are not random incidents, fumbling and flailing about, hoping that we make it through Life with our mind and body still intact when it ends. Although, I will admit it feels like that sometimes. Life can be pretty frightening when looking at it on a global scale or even when it is just your own backyard, as they say. But have you ever considered that it is seeing how skewed things can be that keeps us from hearing what is in our heart, from what is our destiny? Think about it for a moment. How many times per day do you get distracted? How about per hour? I am not just speaking of the physical aspect either. We have all sorts of thoughts flitting about in our mind constantly which divert our attention. How can one know, let alone hear what ones’ heart is telling them regarding ones’ purpose in life, ones’ destiny when all the while the imps of distraction are clanging about in their mind? A difficult chore in and of itself and only made harder by the voice of destiny itself. What do I mean by this? Allow me to try to explain, if you will. Like you, I am feeling my way along here and attempting to hear the message of my own heart. So, please indulge me and please be kind.
The voice of destiny follows a path which begins in our heart and it does so because we have seeds of greatness within. These seeds of greatness reside in the rich soil of our heart. Our destiny is determined by what those seeds of greatness have been designed or destined to yield unto Life. For this reason, the two must be in contact one with the other because they will not come to fruition if separated. And an obvious point here as well….The aforementioned seeds must receive watering and proper care because nothing will grow if unattended, correct? But, I digress. Originally, I made mention that being able to discover our destiny was only made more difficult by the voice of destiny itself, yes? This voice I speak of is not a loud or brash voice. It does not usually stride in boldly and shout, “Here am I! Come now, go with me!” No, this is not how destiny speaks to us. It comes in gently, almost politely and in a quiet voice it speaks to the spirit of our passions, of what is true in our hearts, of what it is we were born to do with these gifts, these seeds of greatness within. And it is difficult sometimes to hear this voice while all around us, all is chaos and discord. It is for this reason that so many of us miss out on the calling, the destiny for which we were born.
As children, we listen to our hearts well and often. One only has to look deep within a child’s eyes to know the truth of this. There is no pretense or insincerity in a child’s gaze. There is only their heart looking out unto you and to the world where magic awaits them. It is true, is it not? So, am I indicating that children know their calling, their destiny before they have reached adulthood? In some cases, yes indeed it is true. And it probably would be true more often if Life was not cruel at times and if we adults didn’t wear the joy and wonder from the hearts of the young by telling them to “Stop being silly and grow up!” or “You’ll never amount to anything if you don’t grow up!” My God in heaven, won’t they enter our adult world soon enough? Don’t cut short the magic they possess, the magic by which they truly “become” who they are meant to be!
Now, for those of us who did not know, did not hear the voice of destiny before and wish to hear it now, I would make a suggestion to you. Still yourself. Still the spirit of unease within you, the spirit that I call “adulthood”. Allow your mind to ease, to relax for a few moments. It’s okay to do so, even though your mind may fight against it. Forget for the moment about cooking dinner, the grocery list, that prospective client and so on. They will all be waiting when you return. Breathe deeply and evenly and let your mind rest. As you do so, try to recall what it was you most enjoyed as a younger person. What were the things you did that made you feel accomplished and pleased within yourself. These are most often your passions, your seeds of greatness still resting inside your heart, still waiting for you to bring them into the sunlight. “It is too late now for my time has gone!”, you may say. Do not let that distraction cloud the vision of your destiny! Just because you have not fulfilled your destiny does not mean that it has forgotten you. That special something you were placed here to do still awaits you. You see, no one can fulfill the purpose you were born with except you. It is the way of it. Rejoice in that knowledge for it tells you that it is not yet too late for your true life, for your destiny to be realized. This is a great piece of news, is it not? Alright now, you are still relaxed, yes? Understandably excited but relaxed in your mind and spirit for this is the only way to hear your heart. And as surely as you can feel your seeds of greatness stirring now, slowly awakening, you can also hear the quiet and gentle voice of destiny from deep within your heart speaking to you, reminding you of who you were meant to be. Mind you now, do not allow busy distractions into the space you are creating. Only relax, breathe and listen for your heart. It will tell you and take you where it is you need to go. If you don’t hear anything at first, that is quite understandable. You’ve not listened to yourself from within for a very long time. But give yourself the time deserved and permit patience to enter your mind. To live your life fully blessed because you are fulfilling your destiny is worth the effort required to know your heart as you did so long ago. I know this to be true. Would you not agree? Thank you for your attention and may the blessings of the day be yours to share!
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.