K is for Karma
Do you believe in karma? Karma is a notion rooted in the Eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism and the idea basically follows the tenet that your actions in life will cause the very same actions to be brought back on to you. If you look at it generally, you can see similar ideas in the Judeo-Christian theology, in which your actions in life determine your place in the afterlife. Either way, I believe in karma, or at least I hope it exists because people should always get what they deserve, good or bad.
I always try to live my life in the best way I know. My dear old Aunt Vi used to say that I was the kindest person she knew, and she’s probably right. I’m kind to a fault and it seems to always work to my own detriment, and that makes me sad. Time and again I defer to others out of kindness and in the end I always feel like I get the short end of the stick. I could name at least a dozen times in my life when I received bad fortune after putting trust in others and allowing them the benefit of the doubt, all the while they seemed to be rewarded for taking advantage of the situation. Many would say I’m unwise to behave in such a way, but I can’t help it. It’s part of my nature.
And so I cling to the hopes that karma does exist. I like to believe that eventually my actions in life will reward me somehow, in what form I have no idea. The same should happen to those who purposefully take advantage of others, especially by breaking rules. There seem to be so many who do that nowadays in this “me-first” generation. I may not be around to see it, but it’ll be sweet no matter how it happens…