“The Red String of Fate is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend. It is based on the premise that the Gods tie a red string around the ankles of those who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other.” Wikipedia
Some believe in the notion of having a soul mate and some do not. I am hanging precariously balanced in the middle, only because I hold a strong conviction that the term should encompass much more than meeting your future spouse. I have speculated this topic in my convoluted brain on many occasions. Perhaps my definition of soul mate is too broad for the original intent for which it was created. A soul knows instinctively when it has met a match. True soul mates are not defined by a relationship, but merely joined by a common feeling, an intuition that you are meant to be a treasured part of each other’s lives. You’ve assuredly had several friends in your life that inherently know you. They understand your thoughts without you having to say a word. They are a true kindred spirit.
I believe in reincarnation. I trust that souls, lifetime after lifetime, strive to find each other again because they are meant to be connected. Whether they are destined to be bound by the sanctity of marriage or merely cast as soldiers on the same proverbial battlefield, they are instinctively drawn to one another. There is a compelling sense of familiarity, much like the feeling of deja vu – that firm belief that this experience genuinely happened in the past – and intuitively you are connected to each other’s energy.
Although my perspective on soul mates goes beyond husband and wife, I am fortunate to know many married couples that can, in fact, claim that they did marry their soul mate. A chance encounter or a moment of serendipity, however it happened, their meeting had purpose. Their love and respect for each other continues to grow through prosperity and adversity because their souls have known each other since long before their first physical connection.
Those ancient Gods may have had altruistic intentions, but just maybe, they temporarily lost their peripheral vision. Conceivably their red string had a bigger purpose for tying two souls together that extends beyond marriage and perhaps that notion was lost in translation.
Although the red string may be nothing more than a fable or a well presented myth, it nevertheless gives us hope that people are brought into our lives for a reason. The responsibility lies within us to discover what that reason is.