Creating Destiny

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Thinking that you are a victim is enough to make you one, regardless of the straw you drew in life. You are not a victim of your circumstances, neither are you an impotent pawn of some generally loving but occasionally wrathful or perhaps ambivalent God. We all must make our way in the world and the idea that someone owes you a living is a childish notion.

If you wish to mature gracefully, you must learn to put childish things away. In this case, you must grow out of the needy, self-centered state that is naturally a part of childhood and grow into a generative state of being that is characterized by radiance and self-control.

8 thoughts on “Creating Destiny

  1. Steve Ventola

    Thank you for your encouragement to grow into a generative state of being that is characterized by radiance and self-control.
    Every moment we do have a choice to continue to grow in this direction. It is good to see the responsibility we all have in this respect. And as we accept this responsiblity our lives can be filled with a greater sense of balance and joy.

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    1. Gregg Hake

      Thank you for having the courage to accept my challenge, not just anonymously and vaguely, but in specific terms and with your name on the dotted line, Steve!

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  2. Colin

    Each moment in life is an opportunity. With our thoughts, we are creating what will be happening far into the future, both through individual thoughts and through the sheer mass of thoughts that we have. Similarly, one important action can impact your life forever, but your life can also be altered by the bulk of the little, seemingly insignificant actions. My point is that every moment matters. While you can get away with doing the wrong thing some of the time, you are playing a dangerous game. How are we to know beforehand which actions are important? And how are we to know when we have reached the point that will ruin our life irretrievably? Better to do everything you can to make life a success. I aim to take personal responsibility for my actions. If I mess up, it will be because I made a mistake, not because I willfully did the wrong thing. And while bad things will happen, it is very much in my control to make the bulk of my life a radiant and self-controlled experience.

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    1. Gregg Hake

      The fear of losing control drives many people to do just that. They become paralyzed by fear and end up missing opportunity after opportunity to move forward and establish new victories. Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Colin.

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    1. Gregg Hake

      I have found it helpful to maintain a stance of thankfulness, no matter how restrictive my circumstances were. Sometimes limited options and a small scope of responsibility are more attractive than expansive and cumbersome ones.

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  3. MMc

    When personal responsibility is relinquished to someone else it invites the feeling of powerlessness which often leads to feelings of vicitimization. It can happen in any area of life, health, finances, relationships, moral compass. It’s so common even our present government seems predisposed to this . The same if you take on others responsibilities, they won’t thank you, they will blame you. As an adult we are always responsible it’s un natural not to be. We can’t control everything but we can control our thoughts which do end up authoring a great portion of our lives and certainly is an over arching influence in it. We were given free will as a tool for further creation.

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    1. Gregg Hake

      There is but one way to break the cycle that flows thusly: the people cry “make us a king who will provide for us and fig our battles”, the king rises comes to power, the people bemoan the loss of liberty and call for a revolution and it is this: teach people to think for themselves, not selfishly but in a way that they can coordinate every thought with the truth.

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