My senior year in high school, my US Government/Economics teacher asked us to remember at least one thing from his class: "Watch your thoughts for they become your words. Watch your words for they become your actions. Watch your actions for they become your habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. Watch your character for it becomes your destiny." I remembered.
This is no easy task to accomplish, it requires constant vigilance, perpetual reflection, an inquisitive mind seeking truth, proper guidance, time, failure, and patience. But first we must decide, what do we wish to be our destiny? An age old question mystics, priests, gurus, monks, etc. have tried to define in sacred writings passed from generation to generation. Writings containing eternal truths of what it means to be human. Most all religious traditions would agree that community working together out of love for each other (aka "The Golden Rule") is top on that list; they disagree on how to do this.
I claim no great wisdom or authority, all I have is lived experience reflected, an examination, if you will. As Socrates is attributed to saying, "An unexamined life is not worth living," and I quite agree.
This is my examination of life, my journey toward my destiny. While we may not choose the same paths, I believe the truth of our destiny is the same, and I hope my lessons learned & lived experience reflected will help us as we journey.