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Reap Your Destiny

Updated on June 20, 2014

Have you left your destiny up to fate?

What is real? What is truly important? Are we really in charge of our destiny? Or is there a greater force at work?

This sounds more like a statement of youth than that of a woman turning sixty next month, doesn't it. However, I have really been reevaluating my life lately, wondering what I may have missed, failing to follow, because I prefer to lead. I find I am still wondering what it is that I am seeking to make me feel so in need of success.

As a child, I was very controlled by those around me, sometimes to the point that I was given no choice at all. As I grew up and moved out into the world on my own, I still felt the need to stay within that cocoon of control from the original sources, never quite releasing myself from the need to please them.

Once I became a parent myself, I became that controlling factor in someone else's life, sometimes too controlling, as I was taught by those before me.

And yet, I still had little control over my own life. It was always just easier to control others, taking care of them so that they walked the path before them without pitfalls. Now I realize many times the path they walked was really the path I set forth for them with my desires, my needs, and my choices for them.

Now that I am coming to a crossroads in my life where I have only me to control, I find I am not quite sure what to do with me!

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My Own Crossroads

Unknown Territory

It is now time to finally face myself and delve into an unknown territory. This territory lies within my own mind and it contains choices I have avoided all my life. Who am I without all the others who controlled me or gave me control over them?

And, most important, what would God have me do with my life in these later years? Have I missed the mark all along, never placing Him in charge in the first place? I think this may be exactly where my path veered off track years ago. I was so busy being controlled and controlling my own destiny that I missed what He had planned for me. I forgot to stop, sit quietly, and listen as He whispered His instructions in my ear.

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our lives are made. It comes silently, sometimes not even noticed, as choices are made daily by all of us. The day we are born, nature is at work. Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. All that we possess is the power to choose which impulse we decide to follow.

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Sit Quietly, Listen

by Eugenia S. Hunt

Sit quietly, listen,

Hear the gentle sounds,

They speak to you

Above the universe of noise.

Sit quietly, listen,

As the lake speaks your name,

Telling you of its secrets,

Whispers of a breeze floating o'er the trees.

Sit quietly, listen,

The bees hum their tune,

To calm and comfort you

Amidst the world's rapid resounding.

Sit quietly, listen,

As a butterfly lights upon you,

Bringing with it, happiness,

Enough joy to fill your soul.

Sit quietly, listen,

You can hear Him call your name,

Speaking in a whisper

His plan for you the same.

Sit quietly, listen,

A time before noise consumed,

He remembers still,

The hope He placed in you.

Sit quietly, listen,

As He reminds of whence you came.

This life He freely gave you,

His love for you remains.

Sit quietly, listen,

As He fills your heart once more,

All that He has in wait for you,

When you follow Him to Heaven's door.

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Childhood Dreams

Do you remember childhood dreams of greatness?

I had this great urge as a child. Some may have called it destiny. My parents and friends called it dismaying! But life often redirects, sometimes crushing, those natural urges of dreams born in each of us.

Our soul becomes dyed with the colors of our own thoughts and our surroundings. If we think only on those things that are in line with our principles, we can bear the light of day. If we waver from our principles, our steps toward success will waver as well.

The content of our character is our choice, as what we do daily becomes whom we become. Our integrity is our destiny and integrity should direct our steps. That integrity should be molded by choices made with God in control of the steering wheel for we are driven as an automobile is driven down a distant highway. It comes at full speed and must be guided properly or it falters.

If our lives are not guided by God's map for each individual, faltering is inevitable.

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"And the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule..."

Albert Einstein

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Innate Abilities

What were you born to do?

These options, I knew from the beginning but it has taken sixty years for the reality of it to finally sink in. How strong willed we humans are!

Yes, I am simply a philosopher in a sense. These are my opinions based on what I believe. This is my search for reality. I certainly don't have the answers. It is my decision, whether or not, to follow God's lead in my own journey through this short life we are afforded.

Therefore, what is your own philosophy? What are your opinions? What are they based on? And whom will you allow to lead you? Where will you find instruction to your own personal success? At what age will you begin to sculpt your own destiny toward true success? There is no age too early, nor too late.

Whatever you habitually think yourself to be, this is whom you are.

Our job, in this lifetime, is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out whom we already are and become it. If we are born to paint, it's our job to become a painter. If we are born to raise and nurture children, it's our job to become a mother. If we were born to overthrow the order of ignorance and injustice in the world, it's our job to realize it and get down to business. We need to discover our innate abilities and use them always in the way God directs.

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"Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Relinquishing The Reins

A New Day

For me, I am finally sitting quietly and listening, awaiting His direction, relinquishing the reins of my life to someone who had the perfect plan from the beginning.

No matter your age right at this moment, this is the dawn of a new day. Put your future into good hands...God's. Allow Him to light your way, guiding you toward a chosen destiny set forth toward His plan.

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Who Is Mom To The Zoo?

My Bio

Born in the small town of Pendleton, South Carolina, in 1950, I was the oldest of two, five years my sister's senior. It was a wonderful place to grow up where the entire town raised its children. I was always surrounded by people who loved and looked out for me. I graduated from High School with the same people who were in my kindergarten class. At 59, my childhood friends are still my friends. I feel so fortunate to have known such a childhood.

After college, I worked at Clemson University until May 1972. At that time, I married and lived in Glyfada, 22 miles from Athens, Greece for two years...via USAF. We then moved to North Dakota for another two years before returning to South Carolina.

We divorced after 16 years and two children. I married my best friend two years later and moved to Florida in 1988 and together we have raised my husband's son and daughter and my son and daughter...one federal officer, one "stay at home" mother and wife, one sixth grade school teacher, and the other, after working for Florida Power and Light since age 19, is now with AT&T. In 1996, I adopted my step daughter. We are blessed with four grandsons and one granddaughter.

In 1999, we became foster parents with the Children's Home Society and had a number of children under our roof in the next 5 years. In 2001, we adopted a 13 year old girl, whom we first met at the age of 11, and is now 22. I also have spent more time in a courtroom than I care to think about, fighting for the rights of the children in our care. In 2004, I turned in my license so that I could be a full time Mom to our special needs daughter and keep our infant granddaughter five days a week while her mother was teaching.

Bill, my husband, is a retired USAF Air Traffic Controller. He is now working out of the country, on Ascension Island, with Computer Science Raytheon, as their chief controller, contracted out of Patrick AFB, Florida. This enables him to continue to do the job he loves, air traffic, and aid the military. He flies in and out on furlough and I handle things here at home. I jokingly call myself a Single Married Woman.

Actually, I am a retired Accountant/Credit Manager, now a housewife, where I enjoy writing, singing, piano, and sewing. I have had numerous poems and short stories published and have sung in churches and for church organizations for years, as well as weddings, a couple of variety shows, and even at my daughter's, and later my son's, weddings, one of the hardest things I have EVER done. We are members of Riverside Baptist church where I am a soloist and a member of the Women's Bible Study Group.

And, last but not least, we have two singing dogs. Raven is a fourteen year old Schipperke/Chow with bucked teeth and attitude and Whisper, our nine pound, twelve and a half year old poodle, who thinks himself a Doberman.

I have been Mom To The Zoo since the morning after our wedding. My friend, Lee, who was staying with our four children and two dogs answered the phone from a sound sleep, "Hunt Zoo, Zookeeper Speaking."

My life has involved many changes and avenues that I would never have dreamed of and has given me challenges that I never thought I was equal to. But, I have found that God has a plan and, if you follow His lead, you can handle anything he puts in your hands. However, you have to first learn to listen to Him. No matter what we want from life, it must come in His time. He has given my husband and me more than we could have began to imagine back in high school and we have found that what we thought was so important for our futures back then was nothing to what we have done so far. I have learned from our foster children, to look forward to the future and the next challenge with enthusiasm and excitement. If they can trust and love us after what the world has dealt them, we can surely tackle whatever lies ahead with ease. Life is a series of learning experiences and I continue to find life to be both a challenge and a joy which grows with each passing year. I learn more and more about myself with each passing day!

Eugenia

Please Stop By And Leave Your Own Comments Here! - I Am Always Interested In Your Opinions!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @jen becht: Jen, I was raised in South Carolina and taken to church every Sunday by the time I could walk. But I didn't really find God...a real love for God...until my 40s. I had to make a few mistakes first before I truly understood what that love was all about. I had to see the mistakes I made when I stepped away from Him to realize my need to follow Him. And I had to make the mistakes so that I knew how to have empathy for those around me. I am far from perfect but I have tried very hard to learn when I am wrong, knowing He will forgive me. Thanks for sharing my thoughts! :)

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      jen becht 4 years ago

      You are so spiritual.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you for sharing it again!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you for sharing it again!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Reading something... reading again and feeling the same joy is precious... Thanks for giving me this chance.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey..you are my greatest fan! :) I am glad you enjoy!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      I read everything you write with such a pleasure as your thinking is deep, not superficial, reflects experience of a life which is a good model, you know how to build bridges, and your talent as a writer is a great plus. Love the poetry!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @mrducksmrnot: Thank you so much for your kind words. I truly am glad that you have benefited from my personal thoughts and I thank you so very much for sharing yours with me. God Bless!

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      mrducksmrnot 4 years ago

      I noticed the many photo's of lighthouses. From me to you - you are a light unto all with whom you have touched in one way or another. Many have seen your light and learned to walk a path for the better. You may never know who or where they are but your light of loving life has made a difference for me and many others. Thank you for shining your light my way in my lifetime. God Bless and Happy Birthday - your not getting older, only better and sharing a lot of wisdom. I'll keep my light on for you always and my prayer's.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @ZablonMukuba: Thank you...I am pleased that you enjoy them.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      you have great poems

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey!! I am so glad you are a "person" once again! LOL And I am very glad that you like what I have to say!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Hi! now that I am a "person", I want to tell you that I like the lens, it is educational, and you will find out your way to greatness. The important part is that you want, you are determined, you don't stop thinking, creating, hoping, dreaming, and working. You have all necessary ingredients.

      I like the way you say it: "Our integrity is our destiny and integrity should direct our steps.". So beautiful and true.

      So all the best for you!

      Michey

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks, Nancy! So glad you enjoyed! And it is good to hear from you!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Your beautiful poem combined with these great quotes and your creatively crafted lens really make your testimony an inspiration.

      Thank you for once again opting to give to our Friends of the Park organization. You are making a difference.

      Lensrolled to Growing Up In Pendleton SC.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Spook LM: I think it is a question we all wrestle with at some point in our lives! Glad you enjoyed!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      beautiful as always Jeanie. I wish I knew quite honestly.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, Betty! I really do enjoy writing, just find it strange that I can only write when the mood is right...not just whenever I choose to! LOL

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great!!! You really have found your niche in writing. Good for you!!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey-sq: Thank you, Michey...I am very glad you both enjoyed sharing my thoughts and feel they were helpful. I don't always know what I want but, true, when I figure it out, I'm determined! :)

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      Michey-sq 6 years ago

      I like the poems and your deep thoughts. You are a person who is well grounded, knows what you want and no doubt you will make it happen.

      I always enjoy reading you writing, this make me a better person because you make me think, reflect and stop the wheel of life to give a little break for myself.

      Regards

      Michey