Winds of Fate


Sometimes you think the Winds of Fate are capricious and against you. Sometimes you feel as though you are not in control of your life at all. Yet if you look around you’ll find other people in similar circumstances who take it all in stride. What is it that makes some people so optimistic even in tough times?

The poem, the Winds of Fate by Ella Wheeler-Wilcox, states that it is the set of the sails that determine the direction of the boat. Is your life not going where you want it to? Do you blame circumstances outside yourself – the ways of fate? Perhaps you can change the setting of the sails – or how you view the things that are happening to you. Can you learn something from this and what is the positive outtake from it?
The sailing metaphor is a good one for telling us about our attitudes. Instead of saying ‘I can’t’, ask yourself ‘How can I?’ With a change in attitude, you can change your direction. And with a change in direction, you can change your destination.
Throughout life we will all face things outside our control. How we react to it, however, is up to us. So set your sails in a manner that will move you in the direction you wish to go – whether Fate’s Gales is blowing against you, or for you.

The Poem
One ship drives East, 
and another drives West,
With the self-same 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 sea are the ways of fate,
 As we voyage along through life;
 Tis the set of the soul that decides its goal, 
And not the calm or the strife.

Ella Wheeler-Wilcox

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