“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan, American politician, 41st Secretary of State
For those of us in recovery, the thought of charting our own destiny is both frightening and tremendously appealing. We wonder if we’ll have the foresight to recognize opportunities when they occur, or if we’ll continue to be afraid to reach beyond our immediate and limited environs. Sometimes we don’t even allow ourselves to dream, let alone make long-term and challenging goals. Some of us, sadly, wait around for destiny to find us, believing that if it’s meant to happen, it will. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As William Jennings Bryan’s quote aptly puts it, destiny is not chance but choice. Destiny isn’t something we should wait for but something we need to work hard to achieve. So what if we start in one direction and somewhere along the way decide that we really want to veer off into another area? That’s called growth. We should never fear what we don’t know about the future. Instead, we should make our plans and goals based on what we think and feel and know today, and revise as we learn more and become better acquainted with our real wants and needs. And that’s what destiny is all about – making things happen.