Difference between faith and fate is courage and fear. While fear is essential during times of dire straits, it should be controlled and used sparingly, not cultivated and developed.
Faith is cultivated by accepting the power of divinity within and without you. Through this knowledge and faith you relinquish your control over the events that follow your actions done with complete devotion i.e., you are not in control of the consequences. Sometimes your actions can result in great benefits, and sometimes the results can be most disappointing and devastating.
In our ignorance and tunnel vision, when results are wonderful we attribute it to our actions, and when results are devastating we look to blame someone, or something. We just do not question the good ones. When we have a windfall we are excited, but we do not dwell on it. The bad consequences get our attention instantly. When there is unconditional faith there is no need to question the outcomes of your actions good or bad. Every consequence gets accepted unconditionally. Ironically our human intelligence is not vast and deep enough to comprehend all the workings of this ultimate power that is not manifest to the human senses. There is no explanation for a lot of events that happen in our lives both good and bad.
Fate on the other had fosters fear where there is no faith in the ultimate power. When actions have a positive outcome you feel totally in control, when actions have a negative outcome you feel totally out of control. When too many negative consequences are faced, it could promote a sense of fear and eventually promote indolence or laziness to act again. Leaving everything to fate, shows helplessness and an act of cowardly behavior.
Promote courage by
- creating a conducive environment around yourself. Do not allow the emotions of fear, and agitation overpower the calm/ neutral state
- removing yourself from the environment that is controlling your emotions,
- having faith and believing in it no matter what
- not dwelling on the outcomes
- being mindful of any imbalance caused by physical and mental distress
- doing anything you can for yourself, to get back to the neutral state of mind… (i.e., avoid extreme excitement or distress beyond self-control).
- remembering the only thing you can do is do your best