The Wheel of Fortune - 10


Wheel of Fortune10 is The Wheel of Fortune, and we might ask ourselves: Whose hand is turning the wheel?

If we think it is Fate that controls the wheel, then we can't do much about what happens to us or how our life goes. It's easy enough to not make an effort. Why should you? We can see that there's no good reason why you should.

If, on the other hand, we see that it is we who turn the wheel, then our thinking - good thoughts and bad; self-pity and expectation; acting from the heart or whining about our lot - is going to bring the results we want.

Ayn Rand, author of the excellent Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead said:

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

We are all of us probably all familiar with the self-fulfilling prophecy, though forecasting defeat and failure is a lot easier to get results with than foreseeing success. I knew I was going to fail that exam / do badly at that interview / get sick, or whatever. You can be an overnight failure quicker than an overnight success. Knocking down a wall seems easier and quicker than building one.

Our thoughts will get in the way if we let them control our moods. What are you thinking right now? Are you willing and happy to entertain this thought? If this thought were a visitor to your home, would you want him to stay or leave? It is easier to dismiss an unwanted thought than to get rid of an unwelcome guest. So do it. All the time.

Fate AND free-will
Maybe it's not a question of either/or, but it is both Fate and we who control the wheel. Thus, we may not be able to do much about the events that happen to us, but we are in charge of our reactions.

Shakespeare wrote that: There's nothing good and nothing bad, but thinking makes it so. You may damage a hand and whine about it. Or you can see the problem as the chance to become ambidextrous. The damage isn't in itself bad; it's how you see it that makes it bad or good. Rather than being confined and stuck, what fantastic opportunities we have if we choose the path of learning and development.

When we get the number 10, we have to decide what we really want. This means we know - or we have to come to a decision about - what we really and truly want. Yes, of course it would be quite nice to have a Rolls Royce and a big house in the country, but when you think about the everyday reality and practicality of this ownership, do you really want it and the complications it would bring? Would it leave you with time for what would really bring you happiness?

Charles Haanel - author of The Master Key - wrote somewhere that it is desire that turns the wheel. What do you want? You are better off if you are clear about this rather than vacillating between different possibilities, or having only vague and half-formed notions that lack life or vitality.

If you don't know what you want, just decide. You'll probably be right, but even if you're wrong yet learn something from your error, was it really a mistake?

Know what you want - what you really and truly want. This may not be the same as what you think you ought to want; or what various people have told you that you want; or what you think you deserve; or what is the most you can expect (this last point is for those of us who have been told repeatedly by damaged people that we're not worth much; they were talking to and about themselves, actually, but we didn't know that at the time).

The wheels on the bus go round and round
The Wheel is a symbol of the ups and downs of life, or swings back and forth. It shows change. We need to understand how we already handle change, or how we can best handle it, perhaps to get to the point of not being affected by it. Think Rudyard Kipling's lines - If we can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat these two imposters just the same. This is like the Sphinx, sitting, unmoved, at the top of the wheel.

If you believer that Fate or Destiny turn the Wheel, then your choices have all been made. It doesn't matter what you do; you cannot avoid what is going to happen.

This seems a bit lifeless or mechanical, or too much of a mechanistic point of view, as if the universe were basically a big machine. Adopting this position can take you only so far, however, because where does genius or originality or great and unusual creativity fit in?

Modern-day television sit-coms and Hollywood movies tend to follow a formula with predictable events and developments in the story-line; this approach is kind of normal but mechanical. However, television is fake.

Television doesn't leave room for Beethoven, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Shakespeare, Keats, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Rothko and all those other artist and individuals who don't fit the mould, yet who are more truly representative of what we as humans are capable of.

We are not automatons, or at least we don't have to be. We have some control over things, depending on how we think, or on our predominant mental attitude. We may actually have complete control, but it takes awareness to get to that point of understanding because error gets in the way.