Is Your Life A Puzzle Or Game Of Chess? 



Do you believe Life is programmed by destiny or by will/choice?

For many of us, Life can be overwhelming at times. It is like a gigantic puzzle with several thousands of missing pieces. We feel empty and feel a ´hole in our soul´. We feel helpless wondering about the missing gaps in our life and the resources we need to feel complete and fulfilled.We wonder about the purpose of our life and the true meaning of Success.

The Tina Edit is finally a long cherished dream realized. Finally, a website with my own custom domain name! Was this a part of Universe´s conspiracy or purely by my design or the perfect unison or marriage of both?

But, as we know, marriages are far from perfect. It is like an empty box at the start. What you put into it is what determines how your marriage will be! Meeting someone may be by chance but choosing to be with someone and marrying them is in most probability by design. The success and longevity of any relationship is never by chance and always the outcome of deliberate and conscious choice or design. The resources required to build a fulfilled marriage is love, respect, trust, wisdom, wholehearted acceptance and continuous effort. Easier said than done, I know!

Likewise, Motherhood could be bestowed upon by chance. But, how we raise our children and how they turn out is never a matter of chance. Our children are a reflection of our parenting choices and efforts. Destiny versus Will, again!

As I reflect back on my twenty something self, I see a different me. Today, she looks foolish despite her intelligence, naive despite her wisdom, trusting despite her instinct, failed despite the resources, missed opportunities despite the lucky breaks. That´s the half glass empty perspective!

She looks beautiful, wondrous, kind, loving, non-judgemental, open, righteous, blessed and proud for having stood up for what she really believed in and attracting the right kind of forces and people into her life. That´s the half glass full perspective!

The past brings with it many hits and misses. Of several cringe worthy memories and some heart-warmingly proud ones! Was I lucky despite the failures? I don´t believe in Luck at all! Not one bit. You get your due eventually in Life. For those who believe in destiny, I think it is tied to own´s thoughts, feelings and actions. What you think, you attract. What you do, you gain! I have always believed be careful of what you wish for because it might just come true.

The opportunities that keep popping into our lives everyday is destiny. But, many times, I have noticed that these come knocking on your door when you actually wish for them either strongly or subconsciously. In many ways, destiny and our choice are all interconnected. We need to be in-sync with our mind, body and soul.

Our life is like a grandeur puzzle and we are constantly looking for the missing links or resources. And, even if we find them, we are boggled by the sheer number of resources around us and have no clue how to put them all together and form that breathtakingly beautiful picture of our Life actually ´come to life´.

Back to The Tina Edit, Was it by destiny or choice? It is most certainly a beautiful marriage of the two elements. Destiny brought into my life, the right contacts and resources. But, what I did with those contacts and resources was certainly by calculated design and choice. The resources came in the form of fellow bloggers, online writing platforms and designing tools from WordPress to Canva to Powerpoint, the power of my imagination, a whole lot of persistence, dedication, time and effort. Not to forget, a generous dash of hope and brave!

Every success or failure story in our Life is a learning in itself.

In conclusion, I visualise and perceive Life as this amazing grand puzzle that keeps coming closer together and making a little more sense as I make the best of the available resources at hand just like one of those ruminated strategic genius Chess move strokes. Filling those missing gaps, one piece at a time, till I figure it all finally! Eureka – Ah!

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Tina Sequeira
Tina Sequeira is a marketer and moonlighting writer. She is passionate about tech, creativity, and social justice—dabbling in and writing about the same.