Sometimes its just easier to believe that fate is a predetermined function of our existence, and that all we have to do is follow the motions and everything will turn out the way its supposed to. One can avoid taking responsibility for (or passively accept the circumstances of) one’s own well-being by simply saying: “everything happens for a reason”, without scraping deeper under the statement’s surface. Everything does in fact happen for a reason, but what is it?
Sometimes its easier to believe that our fate is in our own hands, and if something doesn’t seem right its up to us to make it right or face the consequences. This is where we see that every action spurs other events into existence, and when we choose our moves in life like seasoned chess players we can expect the consequential actions will bring us closer to achieving our goals.
But this is not often the case. In fact, things rarely turn out exactly the way we speculate they will. This might have a little something to do with the fact that the world and our existence in it is far more complex than the two dimensional game that takes such a black and white, win-lose approach. Though it might also have something to do with the idea that, in our very limited understanding of the universe around us, we are not supposed to be able to control every aspect of our lives. What fun would that be anyway?!
I see it as a sort of melding of the two thoughts. While we cannot control everything, if we recognize the most important things that we can control, and make the most of ourselves in regards to them, then we are likely right on track to harmonious living.
I picture the universe, swirling and blending and merging and transforming, like mist over a eddying brook, and with every flap of a bird’s wing, every ripple through the water, every croak of a toad, the vibrations carry and move every little particle up and down, along their wave, keeping a continuously shifting cycle of waves. But the universe has more dimensions than that. Every drop in pressure and change in temperature affects this swirling, as does the wind rushing through the valley, and all these things complied together create an unpredictable course of movement. As our world revolves and rotates through this changing universe like a cog in a complex solar gear, we need not worry about the big things. The Sun will shine on us again tomorrow, the Moon will pull the ocean, and the Earth will keep right on spinning.
All we need to do is be the dense little balls of energy that we are and like electricity, find the path of least resistance. We ought to twirl and whirl and dance our ways through life, slipping through the channels, feeling the momentum around us and propelling ourselves like comets in orbit towards the goals we want to achieve. When we smack dead into some obstacle (or black hole) we need to recognize the need for grace in our lives, and while it will take awhile to regain momentum, in the future we will learn to re-direct our course. In this great cosmic existence all you need to do, is be a leaf in the wind…