Stacey and I had our DNA tested recently. It was interesting to see that the test identified several genetic mutations that are actually known to contribute to certain personal dysfunctions we had come to recognize in ourselves, even before we were tested; namely Stacey’s inability to handle stress and my own disposition to shifts in mood and general sensitivity. As I thought about this, it was easy to think, “Oh, it’s in my biology. I just can’t help it. So am I just supposed to deal with it?”
But the answer was clear. We’re not 100% biological beings. We’re not merely instinctual animals. The very thing that makes us human is that divine spark, wherever it comes from, that for millennia has allowed us as individuals to transcend our circumstances, be they biological, environmental or circumstantial. Rather than letting nature decide who the strong are that survive, we have the unique ability to see our weakness and quickly adapt. By forming new habits, accepting new activities, and even choosing to adapt one’s diet– the key in all of these solutions is the power of choice– one can ultimately shape his/her current reality and thereby shape his/her own destiny.