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How to Avoid Fatalism

Updated on July 1, 2014

A masterpiece painting starts out as this!

You could write a Pulitzer Prize winning poem just starting with this blank page.
You could write a Pulitzer Prize winning poem just starting with this blank page. | Source

Que Sera, Sera

Translated loosely as whatever will be will be.Of course most know the song but do they get the theme of the idea? It is not fatalism but pondering and surrendering. Not worrying about the future is not the same as doing nothing about it.

In fact the words to the song are a looking back in the past as to what happened more than a relinquishment of our power to do something in the future. We not in the last verse and chorus that the real message is not to worry about the future:

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Let us look at another song.


Worries will not change the future or what we see.

This road started out as a foot long. Where the road just dissapears into the Horizon is called a "vanishing point". Cool metaphor.

By the time they finished putting all the feet together it stretched over 2,000 miles and crossed the USA
By the time they finished putting all the feet together it stretched over 2,000 miles and crossed the USA | Source

Lemon Tree song

This song also begins with a young child and moves through life with the end being something that we could not see and should not worry about.

One day she left without a word. She took away the sun.
And in the dark she left behind, I knew what she had done.
She'd left me for another, it's a common tale but true.
A sadder man but wiser now I sing these words to you:

Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.

So now let us move on away from nostalgic songs and get to the meat of the matter. How you control destiny and why things do not have to be the way they are.

Who knows what would have happened if he had remembered his father's words.

I promise that this will change your future along with someone else's.

This is so easy that it will blow your mind and again I say that it will change your life. Donate your time at a soup kitchen and/or homeless shelter.

If you find your self thinking that everything is preordained or will be one way no matter what just do what you would not have done yesterday tomorrow. And I give you that one example as you can see the ripple effects quickly and decidedly both in your own life and someone else's. And best of all how you effect those two lives or more is directly your choice. You can go into it with an attitude of happy, joyous and free or you can go into it all negative and unhappy and effect life that way. That choice is totally yours.

(do take the time to get a food handlers' card at your local public health office -- TB test and such -- that is also good for you to know for sure and basically free)

This tree was once the size of a mustard seed. How about your passion?

Somehow some way this tree got planted. Probably somebody made this tree grow. What can you grow from something as small as your passion is now?
Somehow some way this tree got planted. Probably somebody made this tree grow. What can you grow from something as small as your passion is now? | Source

Fatalism is not inevitable

Fatalism is the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate.

Well you could look at life like that but then fatalism has no meaning because you impact the differences in life so your actions are all predetermined so you are going to do what I say to do. See it just does not work to think we have no impact because as soon as we think that then we impact ourselves. And even if it were predetermined that would mean you have no control so get to work to change it the way it is supposed to be.

It really is just a mental exercise to think about. It cannot effect our being because we effect our being. So go buy a bum a cup of coffee or give them a buck or two and do not worry what they spend it on.

Today and tomorrow are worth living in part because we get to decide what to do with them. If it is already decided what we decide what difference does that make to us?


If you steal this you can predict your future.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fatalistic people drive me nuts. There, I've said it, and I feel better for it. :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am with you Bill. But I tell them to their face. hihihi ;-)

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Eric, this is so true. I have always thought of my life as a chess board with God making most of the moves in order to get me where I need to be. But...I have always known that I have the free will to turn left when God is trying to move me right. I've always felt that there was a plan for my life but that I could determine my own destiny by the choices I made. As an adult, I've been much more careful about "listening". Great hub!

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      Grey Temples 2 years ago

      Voted up and Awesome! Seems that we both had the same kind of topic in mind for today's hubs. Wonderful words Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda thank you for coming by and leaving such a great note adding much to my hub.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Grey Temples that must be a very good thing to be in sync.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      Knowing God is in your life 24/7, and having the confidence that when you can turn to him when things go wrong bring a great sense of peace in a person's life. Another inspiring piece by Ericdierker.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just keep on holding his hand and things work out just fine with a little effort.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      This is a good reminder not to slip into fatalism when the forces of evil seem so negative, and it makes you just want to throw your hands up in the air and say, "What can I do?"

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I know I need reminders -- and a swift kick in the pants ;-)

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