What Is Your Destiny?
How often do you think about your life in terms of destiny? Maybe a better question is: Do you ever think of your life in terms of destiny? Or do you think about Destiny as the name of a Swedish heavy metal band?
Another question concerns the difference between destiny and fate.
Here's how Wikipedia defines these two words:
Although often used interchangeably, the words "fate" and "destiny" have distinct connotations.
Traditional usage defines fate as a power or agency that predetermines and orders the course of events. Fate defines events as ordered or "inevitable" and unavoidable. This is a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the universe, and in some conceptions, the cosmos…
Destiny is used with regard to the finality of events as they have worked themselves out; and to that same sense of "destination", projected into the future to become the flow of events as they will work themselves out…
James Bonnet’s fascinating book, Stealing Fire from the Gods, analyzes movies according to their ancient "great story" structure. He defines great stories this way:
Great stories are created by powerful and mysterious processes. They are designed to guide us to our full potential and are as neccessary to our well-being as fresh air. Understanding great stories means understand these inner processes. And understanding these inner processes can lead to a profound understanding of our selves and the world (page 4).
Although I'am not a screenwriter, I love movies. Bonnet's book has been in the bookcase closest to my desk for several years. It's definitely not a quick read. Rather, it's a book that gets to the essence of stories by describing the complexity of stories. Ponder this statement:
The whole truth about story is like a large circle with a hundred dimensions. Each of these dimensions is so powerful that many of them can be isolated and made into a successful story or story film even if all of the other major dimensions are more or less unrealized.