Man is fascinated by life yet fears death.
We would like to live forever.
All of us have built-in survival instincts that rebel against the thought of death.
There are many recorded instances of near-death experiences about people who have been revived, but they don’t leave a clear description of what to expect.
Religious and non-religious beliefs about the afterlife conflict which confuses things further.
The Norse, Romans and Greeks all had explanations of life and man’s destiny.
Greek mythology has the clearest description of the fates who were said to control your destiny.
The Moirae, often called the Fates or the “apportioners”, were dressed in white robes and personified destiny.
They were alleged to be the daughters of Zeus and Ananke (Necessity) or Nyx (Night).
There were three women who each had a specific task in apportioning a person’s destiny.
They were described as cold, remorseless and unfeeling old crones.
They appeared on the seventh night after the birth of a child to determine its course of life.
Their functions were as follows:
Clotho – spinner, the youngest of the sisters.
She spun the thread of human life from her distaff onto her spindle.
She decided when a person was born, in effect the circumstances of the child’s birth and whether a person was to be saved or put to death.
Lachesis – the apportioner, the second of the three sisters.
She measured the thread of life apportioned and measured the time allowed to each person with her rod.
She was said to choose that person’s destiny once she measured their life’s thread.
Atropos – without turn, the eldest of the three fates.
She decided how that person would die and cut their life’s thread with her shears.
Mankind has always tried to explain the unknown with destiny or fate.
The difference between mankind and other living things is man’s ability to take thoughts and create reality from them.
An inventor considers a problem and comes up with a solution to that problem.
My post Technology: Cripple, Crutch or Charm? looked at the space race and how a man successfully landed on the moon.
It all started as a thought which then became words and actions.
Thoughts of space travel were expressed by the early science fiction writers like Wells, Verne and Asimov.
Those thoughts were made a reality by designing and experimenting until a viable solution was found.
The Wright brothers believed that man could fly and worked on their belief until they flew.
Edison believed he could make light from electricity and although he failed countless times, the light bulb was invented.
Graham Bell invented the telephone, Marconi the radio, Kalishnikov the AK47 and the list continues without end.
Daily you hear that small voice that talks nonstop in your head.
From the moment you wake up until you fall asleep, thoughts saturate your mind.
You think an average of 40 000 to 60 000 mostly negative thoughts per day.
Your thoughts are the only thing that you have complete control over.
No one else can be blamed or take credit for what you think.
It’s entirely up to you to decide what you think about and most importantly what you choose.
You control your own destiny through your thoughts, words, actions and habits.
Destiny is in your hands – one thought at a time.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
Updated December 2018