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My Destiny-How Can I Know It

Updated on January 15, 2013

What is the Destiny of Life?

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The Purpose Of Life And How It Relates to The stars

So many people ask "what is destiny?" or "how can I find my purpose in life?" many people turn to astrology, palmistry, clairvoyants, prophets and so many other means in a bid to find clues about their destinies, or purposes in life. But what exactly is destiny, how can you know yours, and why is there so much confusion surrounding it? These questions are answered to a very reasonable extent in this article. Read on.

All About Destiny

Destiny-an explanation: Destiny is the outcome of a person's life. It is a path which he must follow. One may see it as a journey, or a magnetism towards something. One must note, however, that when a beggar becomes a noted inventor, people attribute it to destiny. But when the reverse is the case, i.e. the inventor becoming a beggar, people rarely attribute it to destiny. Therefore, destiny is usually associated with promotion, or the attainment of greatness.

There are two major world views on the subject of destiny.

The first is the view of preordination: that is to say the outcome of a person's life is already laid out on or before his birth, and that all events that surround a person have already been preordained. Astrology seems to favor this view.

The second view is that destiny is all about choice. They say that a person makes the choices in his life and therefore controls the outcome of his life. They say that each person has his destiny in his hands.

Both views, contradictory as they obviously are, are correct.

Destiny-your purpose in life: while it may not be bold to tie absolutely everything about our lives to the stars, it is clearly sound thinking to agree that certain outside influences help to direct the outcomes of our lives.

For example, as I sit here this Sunday evening, writing this, I could choose to be out with the boys, catching a few laughs. Instead I choose to sit here in seclusion. I have always favored a somewhat secluded lifestyle, and giving the chance to choose, I would often rather be alone. Even as one may insist that this is a choice I made, I do not know why I made this choice. I also do not know why I have this habit of putting my thoughts and experiences into writing. Add that to the fact that I did not choose that the word 'destiny' has been ringing in my head for almost two weeks now.

Another example: as I write this, I do not have a girlfriend. I am not ugly (in fact I am quite handsome) and I am not gay. There are plenty of flowers in bloom all around me, but I fear I have no interest in them. Instead, I find myself attracted to an older woman who does not notice me. I think this can be traced to fact that as a child, I was surrounded by older girls. Perhaps it is true that I have made the decision to close my eyes to all the beauties that surround me, but is it also true that I chose to be surrounded at an early age by older ladies?

Think now of all the minorities we say live alternative lifestyles. I.e Gays and lesbians.

Think also of all the artists, musicians, and sportspeople.

Think also of the teachers and preachers.

Life is all about choices, but sometimes the "stars" fix the possible choices available to us.

So how do I know my destiny?

I was once told that no man can know his destiny; but each man must live until his destiny finds him. That could be by some mysterious occurrence that forces one to wake up and stand attention. It could be an accident, a reoccurring dream, a vision of hellish suffering , whatever. personally, I hear voices in my head.

When the event takes place, man must follow the lead of the stars. Remember that it could be a subtle event which one could be tempted to take for granted. Such an event is leading you somewhere.

Destiny does not always bring fame and fortune though, but it brings the feeling of fulfillment, the feeling that one is at the right place, doing the right thing.

You do not need an earth shattering event to point you towards your destiny. Your current likes, dislikes, hobbies and passions could be large signposts showing you the way. The problem is that you have missed them! We all built and wired in unique ways that reflect the divine design for us.

All that is needed now, is to pause and look inward. There is no path that you must follow, because there is no where to go. Your destiny is your potential and your potential is you.


Here are a few quotes about life and destiny that I could find:

"Know thyself"- An ancient oracle at Delphi, Greece.

"Just because you fail once doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying and believe in yourself."- Marilyn Monroe

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."-William Shakespeare

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."-Steve Jobs

"Follow your heart and your intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." Steve jobs

In conclusion, I encourage you to visit the link above. “I hear voices in my head”. That link explains how my inner voice has guided my closer to my destiny. It should help you as it has helped me.


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    • ikepius profile imageAUTHOR

      @ikepius 

      3 years ago from Twittosphere: @ikepius

      Thank you, Rod, for your well-stated submission.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I believe that we are destined to do bad things based on our choices in this life if it makes sense. I do not believe that we are destined to do anything that goes beyond our wills to do it in this life good or bad. Destiny is what we make it. We always had the seeds of greatness in us if we are to be great in some area as well as the seeds of failure. The seeds grow depending on what we do in this life.

      So yes, so to speak. Some of us are destined to fail, but it is not because of some divine predetermination. We fail due to our own wills. Divinity offers the venue for us to fulfill our own destinies. We alone are responsible for our outcome. God may help us to grow towards greatness but He cannot make us great without our permission. We are always in control of what becomes of our lives.

    • ikepius profile imageAUTHOR

      @ikepius 

      3 years ago from Twittosphere: @ikepius

      Hi there Rod! I really do appreciate your informed view of the matter and your taking the time to comment.

      I HOPE you'll respond to this too. Is it possible to be destined to do something bad?

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Preordination is being ordained to do a specific function but not destined to do it. It is a choice we make by how we live our lives. We are all preordained to heaven, but some of us will not choose that path.

      Predestination is what is set in stone not preordination. I think you should check the definitions my brother.

      I think that this is a good article though. You have a new follower. I have read enough of your stuff to know I like to read it.

      #votedUp #Interesting

    • ikepius profile imageAUTHOR

      @ikepius 

      5 years ago from Twittosphere: @ikepius

      Thanks again, Wiccan sage, For reading and commenting!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 years ago

      Some very profound thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

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