The Red Thread

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There’s an ancient Chinese myth claiming that if 2 people are destined to be together, then they will meet each other sooner or later no matter how far apart they live. Their lives will always cross, because they are connected by a “Red Thread.”

According to this myth, the Gods tie a red string around the ankles of those that are destined to meet each other or help each other in a certain way. The concept is similar to the Western concept of a “soul mate” or a “twin flame.” The red colour of the string of fate that binds two soul mates is strongly connected to attraction and desire.

Legend has it that walking home one night, a little boy saw an old man reading a book. He asked him what he was reading. The old man said it was a book of marriages, and told the young boy he was destined to marry one girl. When he showed the little boy the girl he was to marry, though the boy didn’t like the idea because he didn’t want to get married. He threw a rock at her and ran away as fast as he could.

Years later, a marriage was arranged between the boy and one of the most beautiful girls in the village. But, when he unveiled her he noticed his wife-to-be had a small scar over her eyebrow.

When he asked her about it, she told him that a boy had thrown a rock at her as a child.

The bottom line of this proverb is, submitting to a higher power. Destiny will take its course, and in time all will fall into place. It is important not to fight the red thread.

No matter how near or far you are from the person, the thread remains. There will be times when mentally or physically, you feel distant from the person, but that doesn’t affect the thread that binds you two together.

Maybe that’s why we go around our lives searching for the one who is our destiny. Every time we fall in love, we feel this is it, this is the one and that we have found the other half.

However, it is also true that sometimes the path that leads to our destiny, challenges everything that we have ever believed in about love and happily ever after.

Even when we find the ‘one for us,’ things may not go smoothly. The time may not be right; the circumstances might challenge the strength of our bond.  What remains is that people who are destined to be together will find a way back, because no matter what we believe true love does exist, and it is eternal. Those connected by the red thread are bound regardless of time, place or circumstance. Their lives are destined to intertwine in some way.

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” — Rumi

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