The Adjustment Bureau: Fate vs Free Will

A few days ago I had the opportunity to see the recently released film “The Adjustment Bureau.” After reading the reviews and hearing from several friends that it was definitely one to watch, I was extremely excited to watch. Because many films released today are very formulaic, I was pleasantly surprised to witness something different and thought provoking. If you’re not sure what the film is about, read the brief synopsis below:

Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)-a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself-the men of The Adjustment Bureau-who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path…

When asked, it took me a while to articulate my thoughts on the film, not because I didn’t understand it, but simply because it weighed so heavily on my heart. Sometimes you get messages from the places you least expect! We all know that life is a series of decisions. Which ever way you choose to walk will be accompanied by it’s respective consequences. Good or bad, everything that happens in our lives happens for a reason. In the film, Matt Damon’s character fell in love with a girl who wasn’t part of his original plan, but because his love for her was so strong, he was willing to potentially give up his professional aspirations, and everything else he had worked so hard to acquire, just so he could be with her.

I’m sure all of us have either:

A) made a decision that we later regret

B) missed/didn’t get the opportunity we wanted

C) simply ignored that voice in the back of our head that told us to walk in the direction opposite of the way we wanted to go.

In all of these situations, we make choices that could literally change the course of our lives. It was in Damon’s character’s lowest point that he wound up meeting the woman of his dreams. So even when we think that we’re in the lowest point of a valley, it’s all a part of “the plan” each of us carry. Failures can be steps toward a victory, and sometimes, we don’t get what we want, because something greater is coming.

Today’s encouragement is to continue striving for the best of everything you can have, and to remember that even when you do fail, there is always a silver lining in your storm cloud.

Have you ever felt like you messed up, only to find that situation set you up for an even greater success? Tell me about it.


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