There has been continuous struggle between man and time. In this race time has been the eternal winner. The concept of time machine was only a part of the effort to take over time. But alas! that was not to be. ‘Time and tide wait for none’ they say. There are some things that we can’t mend. Arthur Hugh Clough (British poet) writes,
“This world is very odd we see,
We do not comprehend it;
But in one fact we all agree,
God won't, and we can't mend it”
As far as mending is concerned, we only like to change what we do not like. And imagine the picture of this ‘odd’ world if each one of teeming millions ventures out to set the world straight according to one’s own likes and dislikes.
‘A bad workman always blames his tools’ as goes the English proverb. The practice still continues with all the more zeal and enthusiasm added. We have ended this blame game. It is basic human tendency to blame everything that comes in handy. The fact that needs to be realized and digested is that whatever we do we cannot change anything but ourselves.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it
We often blame our destiny for our failures to throw over it the unbearable weight of our fallings and the resulting unwanted ends. But little we do to analyze our own actions. Destiny is nothing but the concrete manifestation of what we do to our lives.
Next time something goes wrong: think, think and rethink. There might be a loophole that you might be able to find. When you do, you’ll be satisfied of the discovery and the next time, do try to avoid it, and see the destiny shower flowers and essence on you. A tough task to be done indeed! But then it isn’t to be called a successful man. It isn’t child’s play to avoid being a plaything in the ‘cruel hands of fate’.