Hi friend and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. Over time I have had a lot of interest in my articles within Second Chance to Live that address finding and living ones destiny. Recently I had a visitor ask several questions concerning the topic of finding destiny, living and then teaching others how to find and live their destinies. I do not proclaim to be an authority on finding and living one’s destiny, beyond the scope of my experience, strength and hope. Nevertheless, I have arrived at specific conclusions that have enabled me to live life on life’s terms. Below are the three questions that were presented in the comment.
1. Is destiny a desire that every man must achieve?
2. How can I achieve my goals?
3. How can I teach people how to achieve their goals and find their destiny?
I believe the desire to pursue one’s destiny is a personal choice. I believe that each person has been created with unique gifts, talents, abilities, meaning and purpose. I believe that to live is to create and to create is to use those gifts, talents and abilities within and through our specific set of circumstances. Through out Second Chance to Live the majority of my articles or published material – please see my Site Map –talk about how to find and live our destinies. Using our creative uniqueness provides the venue to explore and experience our destiny, one day a time. One particular quote practically sums up the answer to the question.
“When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” Pablo Picasso
Our destinies become apparent, as we are able to BE not DO in life. Being then becomes the expression of who we are in this life. The beauty of Pablo Picasso’s art grew from his gifts, talents and abilities, which he developed and used during his lifetime. I believe our destinies become apparent, as Mr. Picasso’s destiny became apparent — through his art — as we live the life we were created to create with the life we have been given to live. Please read my post, Whose life are you living? Our destinies become more obvious as we learn from the lessons that are provided by the circumstances we are given. Opportunities become the vehicle to experience our destinies. Please read my post, Following your bliss…regardless.
Consequently, I believe that teaching people to find their destinies can be summed up in teaching them how to find their bliss. Following one’s bliss, I believe evolves out of learning to trust the process, a loving God and who we were created to become one day at a time. Finding and then living my destiny therefore becomes a journey not a destination. Because I can not look into the future all I can do is commit myself to becoming my best today. Pursuing excellence, rather than perfection then becomes the goal while I am pursuing my destiny. Through pursuing excellence I am able to grow from my experiences, rather than punishing myself for not being perfect.
I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work. Thomas Edison
I also believe that a person’s destiny becomes known through trial and error. What enhances my journey may not work for another person. Some lessons that effectively point me in the direction of my destiny take longer for me to learn through my process. My willingness to stay committed to my learning process invariably opens the door to a wealth of opportunities that prepare me to live my destiny. Through being solution curious my creativity motivates me to pursue my destiny despite my disappointments. In my experience, finding my destiny or bliss has been progressive in nature. Tenacity encourages me to press on during times of discouragement. Persistence motivates me to keep moving in the direction of my destiny when to wallow in self-pity would be an option.
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