The River Current

I’ve heard several inspirational speakers talk about grabbing life by the horns and controlling your destiny, being the master of your own fate. That sounds great if you’re an ambitious person, the idea that you can achieve anything you want, and have anything you want and be whoever you want to be; but what would you be if it really was all up to you? I couldn’t trust myself with that. We all know getting everything you want is bad for children; it’s bad for adults too. Under such advice we tend to drive relentlessly toward some arbitrary life goal that probably isn’t even right for us. I think of all the rich, famous, successful people who have destroyed themselves.

I don’t want to control my own destiny. There’s no fun or adventure or faith involved in that. Think of God, the thing that powers the universe, the organization of everything. Think of the miracles of the universe, the way electrons are arranged around atoms, the way molecules lock together and balance themselves, the way everything on the earth serves a function that is vital to the existence of everything else, the way the moons revolve around their planets, and the planets around their stars. Could you do that? So how can we trust ourselves to balance and organize our own lives with such perfection? God knows what he’s doing.

Destiny is what it is, and will be whatever it will be. Life runs like a river, and it knows where it’s going. You can hang on and fight against the current (I know sometimes we can’t help it, we get scared), or you can let go and drift with the river’s flow. To let go is faith.

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Watts (

All original content copyright S.D. de la Rosa, 2012.


~ by Sara on November 6, 2012.

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