“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” Rita Mero
Part I – Kismet: It’s All Good…
Kismet means fate/destiny. Providence; external circumstances, outside influence, divine intervention.
Typically, when the subject of fate/providence comes up in conversation, we find two schools of thought vying for attention; those who believe fate carries much weight in our lives and those who believe the idea of a destined life is arrant nonsense. It really doesn’t matter which school of thought you belong to as long as you understand that, ultimately, your point of view is not irrelevant in the great scheme of how the universe operates. We are what we think… We become what we believe…
When we think about events in our lives, we might wonder how many of them are/are not based on external circumstances; our upbringing, our family history, other influences like friends and education. We might even ask what role divine intervention and character play in the unfolding of our lives. While I won’t pretend to have all the keys to the door, I do believe that we are not victims waiting to be wrestled to the ground and carted off by our destiny. We have a measure of freewill and can choose to respond to difficult or mundane situations with courage, hope and a positive spirit. But, there is a mystery to this business of destiny and self determination…
Today’s prompt from the Daily Post posed a provocative question: Does everything happen for a reason?
For now, let’s look at one of two events:
The Appointment in Samarra by W. Somerset Maugham
There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, “Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me.”
The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, “Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning?”
That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.
Is the servant, on his way to Samarra, contributing to his own demise by acting in fear? or is he simply on his way to embrace what he can’t avoid? A student in one of my classes once said: But … we don’t know yet what the outcome will truly be…
The good that might come of this event could be for those who learn the deeper meaning of the story. What are your thoughts? Que sera, sera?
Tomorrow, I will share another story. In the meantime, here’s a little poem from John Wesley
Do All The Good You Can – By John Wesley
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
As long as ever you can.
These are John Wesley’s Rules for living… Everything happens for a reason; sometimes, the reason is apparent and at other times it is vague. Either way, whether we accept it or not, life never completely reveals all her answers for whom the bell tolls.
Positive Motivation Tip: Believe in the greater good; even our dark hours can shed some light on good…
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- John Wesley’s 12 rules for Preachers remix! (kenn-iskov.blogspot.com)
- Sam and Dean Have an Appointment in Samarra in Episode 11 of Supernatural (dreadcentral.com)
PHOTO CREDITS: Endeavor Launch by Robert Garrett via National Geographic