"There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite." Herndon's Life of Lincoln by William H. Herndon and Jesse W. Weik (Da Capo Press, New York, 1983)
We, of eastern culture origins, I realized, believe more on fate or chance rather than purposefulness. We go through life without direction, and our failure to succeed is easily blamed to happenstance and destiny. Why is that? Is this not merely showing our lack of responsibility and accountability for our actions, or our lives for that matter?
Life can be mustered. Life can be planned and managed. Life can be determined, purposed, and steered towards your desired direction. There are no accidents and luck. Each steps and decisions we have taken in the past have led you here. From here, another step taken and decision made will lead you to your future.