Everything is grist for the mill-- and we are milling ourselves on the way which is the Way, and the only way, from Eden to Gethsemane. Everything is food for the journey, leading us-- if we let it-- to the truth of who we are and how things are with us-- and what's what, and what needs to be done about it, when, where and how. Circumstances are always producing circumstances, and we are always responding to them in ways that produce more of them, for good or ill, for good and ill, over time. What we do here creates conditions that lead straight in the most convoluted and round-about, up-side-down way possible. to what needs to be done there, and there, and there, throughout our life. We are molding our destiny, or our fate, with each choice/decision/act/refusal to act. Free to will and to do whatever we will and do moment-to-moment, in each situation as it arises all our life long. Living out and producing who we are all the way. How consciously do we do what we do? How mindfully aware are we of the process? How cognizant are we of doing anything at all? Enlightenment leads the way. Seeing/hearing/knowing/doing/being-- or not-- day by day. Fate? Or destiny? Is what we do with our circumstances every day. Carl Jung said, "We meet our fate on the road we take to escape it." Joseph Campbell said, "That which we seek lies far back in the darkest corner of the cave we most don't want to enter." On his way to Golgotha, Jesus of Nazareth said, "If you are going to do it the way it needs to be done, you have to pick up your own cross and follow me" (Or words to that effect). What we do with our life tells the tale. Is the tale. Of who we are and what we do about it. Everything is grist for the mill, food for the journey, for those with eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart--a Noble Heart-- that understands. "Om mani padme hum..." "The jewel is in the lotus, and the lotus is in the slime at the bottom of the pond." "Those who know, know they can't say what they know. Those who say, don't know." "You have to know what I mean before you can understand what I'm talking about" (One of the Lost Sayings of Jesus of Nazareth).