Heroes challenge fate in The Adjustment Bureau

Matt Damon's character encounters The Adjustment Bureau while pursuing the girl of his dreams. Apparently, human-kind can no longer be trusted with free will. The adjustment bureau intervenes for damage control to ensure that our choices have the desired effect on the world.

But Damon's character is willing to trust his gut. He has never felt anything like what he has felt toward Emily Blunt's character. He is not accepting no for an answer when the bureau tells him to stay away from her. He just can't believe that something that feels so right can be a bad thing. I found this to be an awesome personal quest. It is what Carl Jung or Joseph Campbell would call a hero's journey. Damon is perfect and the chemistry with he and Blunt is powerful. I never even considered his character not going for it. I highly recommend the movie.

Fate vs. free will lends itself well to metaphors. In our lives, our behavioral patterns can create our fate. When stuck in a karmic cycle, we keep creating the same thing (fate) over and over again. It is only when we get serious about creating something beyond that pattern that we challenge our fate.

But stepping beyond our self-imposed fate feels like we are going somewhere that we are not supposed to go. Our fear and comfort zone creates our own adjustment bureau to overcome. Much like the movie, we have to trust ourselves and be willing to risk in order to pull it off.

Once we do, our "fate" follows. We just reinvented our destiny. Our fate lines change. So ultimately, we create our fate. We determine the life we will have.

And while creating the life you want, if you bump into The Adjustment Bureau, let me know. I will help you rally. After all, Whose life is it anyway?

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