Balance

August 2, 2010

I’m a person who believes in a mild form of Karma.

“Do good and good things will happen to you.”

This is true, but some clarification should be made: You have to be doing good for the right reasons. Selflessness is the key. Do good not because you want to benefit from it, but plainly because it is right.

Now people say “I’m a good person, so why do shitty things always happen to me?”

There are two realizations people need to come to:

  1. Bad things are often good. Say you have experienced a death in the family, or a divorce, or a unique difficult situation. These are experiences that teach you about life. They make you a better, stronger, and conscious person. Simply put: wisdom through experience.
  2. Good things aren’t simply things like getting a pay raise or getting a good grade on a paper. Step back and look at the big picture. You aren’t starving. You aren’t homeless. You are in good health.

After writing all of this, I’m starting to realize that maybe Karma isn’t the best way to explain what I believe in.

Life is full of good and bad. Good things happen to us, and bad things happen to us. No exceptions. I guess what keeps me sane is being grateful for the things that make me happy and growing and learning from the painful experiences.

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