Where you’re meant to be
“A great human revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation and, further, can even enable a change in the destiny of all humankind.” ― Daisaku Ikeda
“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.” — John Lennon
When I was a young person struggling to make sense of the concept of free will in a world that often left me feeling powerless, I asked my father to explain the seeming discrepancy between God’s foreknowledge and our own individual choices. The entire discussion was too long to duplicate here (and involved some of Daddy’s tendency to illustrate abstract ideas with simple drawings on the back of envelopes or dinner napkins 😀 ) but the gist of it was this: no matter how we choose, God can use our choice to work for good.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t make mistakes, and those mistakes can cost dearly, in pain and sorrow for us or the people who suffer the consequences of our actions. But no matter how many errors and bad decisions we make, we can never arrive at a place where there is not a best way out, no matter how dark it seems. As long as we live, it is never too late to exercise our free will to go in the right direction.
Sadly, some people will make these choices, if at all, from jail cells or deathbeds. Yet the choice does remain, up until the end of life, and even decisions that seem so delayed as to be inconsequential still can affect the future. Nonetheless, it’s best for everyone if we make the right choices early, and often.
Wherever you are today, you are the only person in your exact circumstances; the only one with precisely the same group of acquaintances, influences, and sphere of potential actions. You have more power than you imagine. How will you choose to use it?
One year ago today: