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Accept The Things To Which Fate Bind You

Colin Stuckert

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together,but do so with all your heart.” 

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

I used to have this quote setup in Google calendar scheduled to go off everyday to send me an email and text reminder so I could read it again. It’s that good.

When I read these words, I think about life and how each person experiences their circumstances in their own totally unique way. I try to fathom the fact that no one person is the same, and no one person will ever live the same life.

It’s unfathomable if you try to think about it—kind of like the idea of infinity or the distance between stars. But it is still something we need to remind ourselves of, for ourselves. We need to realize the power that lies in our own life. And that each person and situation we encounter is a piece of the eventual puzzle that will form the picture that is our life.

Why do we need to think about this?

Because too often we take for granted the little things that make up the whole. People, circumstances and things that we often deem “small” or “unimportant” for various reasons are anything but. When we do this, we are missing out on so much beauty and opportunity. It’s often the treasure is right under our feet (suggested reading: The Alchemist).

The things in your life, no matter how small, make up your life. Why not embrace them instead of ignoring them?

The people around you are a reflection of you. The things you do and the time you spend are a part of the sum that is you.

Fate brings you what it brings you. What you put into life is what determines fate. Fate is not some predetermined thing: it is exactly correlated to what you do.

You must see clearly and objectively what is in front of you. Love with all your heart. Don’t discount the beauty of the things in front of you because you are too focused on what is not in front of you. To do so is a grave error that will rob you of the joy and bliss that is available to you every moment of your life.

Be in the present with your entire being and share in it fully with whatever is with you.