Kismet

Kismet. Fate…destiny.

A pre-determined course of events.

Shit happens…as they say.

Personally I have never wanted to believe that I have no control over my life or that the choices I make or don’t make (a choice in and of itself, no?) have no bearing on any potential outcome.

Truth is, I believe we make our own luck. We drive our own destiny. We create our own success.

No doubt – even if you agree somewhat – you are rolling your eyes and wondering about hurricanes, earthquakes, oil spills, bad food in restaurants and other terrible disasters…kismet – no?

OK – shit happens – but here is the thing – look at every natural disaster and I will bet you there is a human fault linked to the consequences. Poor planning, bad building, overcrowded tenements, lack of research money and funding – you get the picture….

The way I see it – the making of luck was neglected.

So what’s the bottom line? Listen:

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra

Get my drift?

Another way to look at it – more cerebral than Yogi, but you have to admire his directness! – is a poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken,” one of my favorites.

Listen:

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

by: Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back. 

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

So be like Yogi – do like Robert Frost – and that will make all the difference.

What do you think?

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