FATE or CHOICES? You Must Decide…John Page Burton

FATE is a word that many of us use to describe events that we believe are out of our control. Many of us describe FATE with words like destiny or divine purpose. For example, some believe that FATE is why Will Smith is one of the highest paid actors in the world and why Will Smith is also currently serving a 10 year sentence in a state correctional facility. Has Will Smith’s life been shaped by FATE or by his CHOICES? I recently spent time with a person who is having significant health challenges. This person is at least 80 lbs over their ideal body weight and they seem to have little interest in diet or exercise. During our conversation they stated that it was simply “their FATE” to experience health problems. I couldn’t help but believe their health challenges were caused more by their CHOICES than by FATE and that they were using the concept of “FATE” as an avoidance strategy. So why does one person named Will Smith end up becoming a box office sensation while another Will Smith ends up serving a 10 year sentence for armed robbery? Was it FATE or was it the bi-product of their CHOICES?

I am a true believer in the “laws of attraction” and I have experienced the awesome power of manifestation on many occasions. In other words, what I have focused on has eventually become my reality. I also believe in the law of motion which says that we must keep moving toward where we desire to be. Our actions must be congruent with our intentions. In order for Will Smith to have become the box office sensation he is today, he first had to practice, master his craft, believe in his talents, move to California, go to countless auditions and finally accept the role of the Fresh Prince on the hit show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Will Smith made specific choices that delivered him a life of fame and fortune. The other Will Smith made a series of choices that delivered him a much different lifestyle.

Everyday we are presented with choices. Every choice comes with a potential consequence. If I choose to drink and drive there is a distinct possibility that I may cause harm to myself or others. If I smoke a pack of cigarettes every day, there is a reasonable possibility that I will have significant respiratory challenges later in life. If I eat a high fat diet there is a possibility I will develop heart disease. If I engage in an extra marital affair there is a possibility that my marriage may end. There is also a possibility that none of these choices will produce any adverse effects whatsoever, which brings us back to Fate.

FATE or CHOICES? You decide.

As always, I look forward to your thoughts and feedback.

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4 thoughts on “FATE or CHOICES? You Must Decide…John Page Burton

  1. I agree with you and with the belief that we build our own fate through our daily choices.
    But, as you said in your last statement, you may not get the consequences of your own acts or, on the other hand, you may be doing almost everything well and even though go through hardship.
    I am thinking about health problems that are not related to our own choices such a Multiple Sclerosis, Autism or Down Syndrome just to name some of them. Or also, about people who is in jail without being guilty. Or the ones that die or end up in comma or needing to use a wheelchair because of the choices of other people.
    Maybe life is a combination of both, fate and choices, and the way we face our “fate” and the consequences of our choices.

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    • I believe that it is in fact a combination of both. We cannot control a drunk driver who hits us head on nor can we control Down Syndrome. One seems to be a result of the choices of someone else and in the case of Down Syndrome, the choosing of God. Thank you for your great insight and contribution to this article! I appreciate your thoughts.

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