“Nothing has happened which was not going to be.” — Cicero
It's comforting to believe you're in control of what happens next. But are you? What if what happens next has already been decided? What if everything that happens is fated.
"My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Why not love fate? A life that is fated does not imply that it simply happens to you. Life still also happens through you.
In a fated cosmos, you may be a tiny cog in the machinery of the universe, but you still have an important role to play.
"Character is fate." - Heraclitus
Past events don't solely determine your future. You can, and should, be an active participant in life. How you proceed may be fated, but it also reflects your character. Why not do your best and let what unfolds be what it will be?
“Attachment is the root of suffering.” - Buddha
Acceptance of what happens next is the path to well being. To not accept what happens is the path of suffering. The past is fixed. The future is uncertain. Only in the here and now, the present moment, do you possess any agency.
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." - William James
If you can not absolutely know or control what happens next, why not act "as if?" Step into what's next with intention and integrity “fate permitting.”
The result of your effort is not the reward; the reward is the opportunity in front of you.
Fate or free will? It matters less than the quality of your choice and virtue of your effort.
Keep flying higher!
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