Shaping Your Destiny
You can make a difference every day
Be careful of your thoughts,
For they become your words.
Be careful of your words,
For they become your actions.
Be careful of your actions,
For they become your habits.
Be careful of your habits
For they become your character.
Be careful of your character
For your character becomes your destiny.
This little moral saying has been doing the rounds of the internet for some time now. In fact the first time I heard it was when I was just 13 years old. It all sounded grand at that age, and I prompted noted it down in a little “Quotes Diary” I used to maintain. All the nice proverbs, sayings and verses I liked used to find their way into that diary. It was one of my most precious possessions at that stage.
Then I suppose just as promptly I forgot all about it. Till this group of phrases hit me in a mail when I was in college. By then I had lived life somewhat and the truth of the words was visible in the thoughts, words, actions and habits of my friends. I could see the idiom in work among them. I started to think it was very profound. Then again I forwarded it to all the friends I could think of and forgot about it.
After that I went about living my life, got married, worked, had a baby, and this morning read the newspaper. We have a local rag here called DLA AM. It’s the only local English Newspaper and very often I feel like offering my services to do their proofreading and editing free of charge. The reason I still subscribe to it, is that it lets me know what’s happening in Agra and it has this sweet section called “Thoughts”. Guess what was printed there today?
How did I react to it? Somewhat the same some what different. I still believed it was very true, but I was also able to see one more truth that existed there between the lines. It was the fact that at every stage, there was an option to change. You can change your thoughts, to change your words. Changed words will lead to different actions, and habits. Different habits mean a different character. So by the simple means of controlling your personal thoughts you can control your very destiny.
Now that was really profound. How often do you pay attention to what you are thinking? Do you even realize that you are conditioning yourself to act and react in a certain way just because of those thoughts? Consider this a small boy with a bunch of flowers is trying to sell you some as you get into your car. What do you do? Some get angry, because all they want to do is get in the car and drive away, some get sympathetic and buy a flower. Why do they react differently? People have different natures, because they have different thoughts that dominate their minds.
So the next time you catch yourself thinking, think about how it will affect your destiny, and never make the mistake of thinking that it will not affect anything…