Friday, August 19, 2016

I Believe in Karma - Do You?

I firmly believe in karma, both good and bad.  I believe that whatever you project into the world you get back in return.  If you choose to carry a grateful heart and act in kindness toward others you will receive the same in return.  I also believe that if you choose to be an ornery and rotten person your life will continue to be crap and you will never be happy.

I know this because I've experienced it, both the good and the bad, and I've seen it happen.

Whether you believe in karma or the boomerang effect, what goes around comes around or reaping what you sow it is all pretty much the same in my opinion.  The world always seems to have a way of evening things out.  Whether we witness it or not.

Imagine what kind of world we might live in if we all chose to practice good karma.

Case in point.  I happen to be related to a rather cynical and pessimistic woman who seems to take a great deal of pleasure in making others miserable.  She has a strong tendency to project a lot of negativity in her comments and conversation.  She also enjoys manipulating people and uses dishonest tactics to sever relationships between others.

I've tried like crazy to get along with her, because she's family.  Unfortunately she is just too destructive.  As a result I have chosen to stay away from her.  Completely.  I have no room in my life for that type of behavior.

The saddest thing is that karma keeps kicking her in the butt and I honestly don’t think she even realizes it.  She just continues to carry on.  As a result, I'm quite positive she is a miserable, lonely and unhappy person.  I'm sad for her.  I pray for her, but I don't want to be around her.

I see this in someone I work with too.  She says terrible things about people, projects a steady stream of negativity and acts deplorably.  Yet she can't understand why all these bad things keep happening to her.  Karma is kicking her in the butt but she just can't seem to see it.

And then I look around and I see people who are truly grateful for what they have.  They treat others with courtesy and respect.  They do their best to be a good person and do the right things.  As a result they are happy.  For the most part things seem to go well for them.

Sometimes bad things happen, regardless of what we do or how we behave.  I strongly feel it is the way we handle those challenges that makes all the difference in how we overcome them.  I know from my own personal experience that if I take on those challenges in a positive way I overcome them far better than if I choose the opposite.  Whining and crying about it or copping a bad attitude just makes it worse and takes longer.  Life is just too short.  I'd rather get back to the good stuff and move past the bad.

You may or may not agree and that is completely fine.  You may have a completely different life philosophy.  Or you may think it is all a bunch of bunk.  Whatever happens, happens.

What do you think?


  1. I understand what you are saying totally. This spring was the end of most family interaction because I can't continue to live with the toxicity. Other members decided to choose sides which is fine and I can live with it. My life is much more peaceful and less stressed now.

    1. Sad when we have to do that but at the end of the day we have to watch out for ourselves. My stress level is so incredibly low by comparison.

  2. Karma, yes I do believe in the circle effect. I have been responsible for both good and bad in my life because of my thoughts, actions, emotions. Fortunately with most things I am a pretty quick study, so I tend to not repeat painful things. Probably the smartest thing I have done is to quit (ok limit!) passing judgement on people in my everyday circles. Unless they are truly vicious, malicious or mean spirited I can tolerate just about anybody. I can be around people I find difficult because I am old enough to realize it is not my job/place to change them. I finally learned to laugh internally, which is the best gift I ever gave myself.

    1. Anne that is great. In my younger year I wasn't so smart and reaped the benefits of good and bad. Once I finally figured it out though holy cow! Did my life ever get better! I try not to pass judgment as I feel the same way as you. I'm always working on that. It is easy to slip up but then I check myself. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Take care.

  3. ....powerful....


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