"Our decisions determine our destiny." ~Thomas S. Monson
There is so much in life that we can't control. So much that seems to affect who we are, who we will become, and in fact, our very destinies. I heard a snippet of an interview on NPR with an actor from That Seventy's Show, and they were talking about how much there is out of our control that determines our "success." (I put success in quotes, because that's a matter of definition, isn't it?)
The interviewer commented that making it big is not just about getting out there and working hard. He knows plenty of people who have been there working hard for a lot of years. People who have worked just as hard if not harder than the ones who DID make it big. So it's not just about work. It's about work, and luck, and timing, and the stars aligning, and Jupiter being in its 3rd rotation of the 5th lunar cycle and blah, blah, blah.
I've been thinking about this a lot this past week. In truth, we can work hard and never achieve that "success" that we all dream of. So much of that is out of our control.
Most of us will probably never make it big. But that doesn't mean we can't have bright destinies and leave a trail of shining good in our wake. It doesn't mean that we can't leave the world just a little better than we found it through our actions.
Because we can control that. We can control how we act and react to everything we face . . . good and bad. And that is what determines our destinies.
Have you ever felt proud for how you reacted in a bad situation?