Do you believe in destiny? I do. I interpret the word Destiny as a mission you carry on in your life; a goal you want to reach; a journey you go on. I think this is a right way to describe the meaning of the word Destiny. I know some people define the word Destiny as a predefined life by God. They passtivly accept their hardship and their setbacks as their destiny. They give up on life, believing that their struggles are their life supposed to be.
In his biography “A Promise Land”, Obama writes about Destiny. He said:” The truth is, I’ve never been a big believer in destiny, I worry that it encourages resignation in the down-and-out and complacency among the powerful. I suspect that God’s plan, whatever it is., works on a scale too large to admit our mortal tribulations; that in a single lifetime, accidents and happenstance determine more than we care to admit; and that the best we can do is to try to align ourselves with what we feel is right and construct some meaning out of our confusion, and with grace and never play at each moment the hand that we’re dealt.”
In his writing, Obama expresses his three point of views on Destiny: First, the word Destiny “encourage resignation” for those who are “in the down-and-out” and encourage “complacency among the powerful”. Second,”Our mortal tribulations in lifetime are combination of series of accidents and happenstance, it’s not God’s grand plan. Third, to control our own Destiny, “the best we can do is to try to align ourselves with what we feel is right and construct some meaning out of our confusion, and with grace and never play at each moment the hand that we’re dealt.”
Obama’s view about Destiny is his reflection on his life and his heartfelt pursuit of political career and presidency. His opinion is very fascinating.
It’s a fact that a person who born with a silver spoon is far ahead at starting line. But the birthright is a random event, it’s not necessary a prediction of his or her Destiny. Destiny is a journey of thousand miles. A journey of countless turns, crossroads, uphills and downhills. It doesn’t matter where you start at. It matters which path you choose to go, the willpower you go with and the spirit compass you choose to guide you.