Fate, destiny, and purpose are really the same thing.
Our definition determines the positive or negative view of these words in reference to our own lives. One of these words is mostly used to define something negative, and one of these words always seems positive, while the third word can go either way.
Fate. Fate can have a very negative connotation.
“It was fate” that she would be hurt by the very weapon she used against others.
Miriam Webster a: an inevitable and often adverse outcome, condition, or end b: disaster; especially death.
We all know that when we hear “It was fatal”, we know it means death.
Destiny. “He was destined to drop out of school”, “He was destined to become a doctor”.
Miriam Webster: something to which a person or thing is destined a: fortune destiny.
According to this definition this word is very neutral so we can choose to use this word to reflect something viewed as negative or positive.
Purpose. This word is always viewed as positive.
“She has discovered her purpose and has become very successful”. ” The purpose of this meeting is to finalize our decision”.
Miriam Webster – a: something set up as an object or end to be attained: intention b: resolution, determination 2: a subject under discussion or an action in course of execution.
It is a wonderful feeling to live life with intention since most people feel good about well thought out decisions whether it affects others positively or negatively.
We have been defined by these definitions since the Webster dictionary so none of us really want to meet our fate. IT IS SO NEGATIVE! We do not like tragedy. We want to meet our destiny, but we sort of wait for this to happen by divine intervention.
Most of us are now looking for our purpose, thanks to the likes of Oprah Winfrey with all of her positive advice. After all, she certainly is living her purpose. There is even a book, “The Purpose Driven Life, written by Rick Warren. When we find our purpose, we feel a strong sense of satisfaction. Life becomes easier to live. We are no longer just wasting our time. We are contributing to something greater than ourselves.
So, Fate, Destiny, and Purpose are really the same thing.
When we finally find our purpose, I believe that it is our fate and that it is destined to happen. Some will insert that people have died that never discovered their purpose. I say that we are all given gifts that unfortunately, were never opened.
The gift is our fate and our destiny in a sealed box. Sometimes the box is not attractive enough for us to open it to see what is inside. Sometimes the box is so pretty that we put it on a shelf to marvel at the beauty of the exterior of the box–the pretty paper–the well-tied bow.
I decided that it is time to open the box to see what’s inside and you know what? There are several gifts inside my box. Some seem to have clear instructions, and some gifts I will need to figure out how to use them.
Fate does not have to mean tragedy just because someone decided on a definition in a book written in 1806 or even 1989. The way we choose to see, hear, and define words are ultimately up to us.
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