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The Winds of Fate
  • poetry
  • english
  • motivation
  • spirituality
Friday, 3rd August 2012

One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through the life:
Tis the set of a soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
____ § ____

Your circumstances don't decide anything. What you do with your circumstances does. What happens to you doesn't decide, what you do with what happens to you does decide the course of your fate.

Calamity hits all and hits hard. The same winds blow on all. Some reach their port where others drift endlessly. The one type is destroyed, the other stands tall. The difference? The strength of the spirit.

It's what's in your head that will determine your future, not what's outside it. It's the set of the sails (the direction or goal you choose for yourself), and not the gales (the winds, the circumstances of life that toss you about here or there) that will decide. It's the set of the soul (determination of the spirit) that tells its goal (ultimate outcome).

  1. Bag of Tools, a poem by R. L. Sharpe.
  2. Waiting, a poem by John Burroughs.