I recently took my periodic “fiction” break. I usually pick up a book to completely escape the crowded thoughts in my head and simply relax. As a fan of The Hunger Games, I was excited, albeit late to the game, to read Divergent. I also was unable to shut down the create engine that can sometimes be exhausting. Without giving away too much of the book for the 3 people left who haven’t read the book, the main character, Beatrice, has a special gift that classifies her has divergent. The teens, who make up the characters, are put through a series of fear simulations to test how they react in a stressful environment. In order to truly measure someones reaction to their greatest fears, they need to actually feel fear. Written into the story, the majority of the characters are unaware that the simulations are actually “simulations”, thus feeling the full force of their fears.
For some, however, they are aware of the “simulation” and are able to manipulate the outcomes based on this “awareness”. These characters, Beatrice included, are “divergent”.
How does this relate to the us on our journey toward success or “awesomeness”? Most people are simply going through life one day at a time. The days “happen” to them. Unfortunately, they are unaware of the clock and the calendar speeding up. They are unaware that they have the control to change their destination, to “manipulate” the outcome through intentional living. Fortunately, you are here, and you realize this. Intentional living is the awareness that we control what we do.
There are no guarantees that we do the right things and get the perfect outcome, but without awareness, you have no chance.
You will be a puppet being manipulated by time. We read stories of older people gaining this awareness and sharing regrets of things left undone. Get intentional, stay intentional, and live with an awareness of your purpose.