"When a bird is alive, it eats ants. When the bird is dead, ants eat the bird. Time and circumstances can change at any time. Don't devalue or hurt anyone in life. You may be powerful today, but remember, time is more powerful than you. One tree makes a million match sticks but only one match is needed to burn a million trees. So be good and do good."
-- Karmic saying
Everything in life is interconnected. Your thoughts and behavior affect your journey. Your attitude and actions radiate. We are all equal. Every person comes into and leaves this world in the same way.
It's what you do in between that is significant. Your every action and thought spreads in all directions just like a pebble thrown into a lake causes ripples. What you do determines what you attract.
You are a magnet where like attracts like. Your attitude and behavior create an invisible energy that attracts the same and repels the opposite. Mean people attract mean people and circumstances while repelling kindness. Conversely, kindness and consideration attract nice people and favorable circumstances while repelling the undesirable.
Be patient. Karma doesn't care about time. Things happen when they happen. There's no way to know or predict when events or people are attracted.
Don't miss what's happening right now because you have a preconceived notion of what you want to happen. Too many people overlook the numerous blessings right in front of them while watching and waiting for something else. It's as if you don't open a present you received today because you are waiting for what you will receive tomorrow.
Karma doesn't travel in a straight line. There are many turns, curves, and detours. You may even feel as if you are moving backwards. With the right attitude, things happen for a reason. Often, you have no idea what that reason is or where you are headed. But all things become clear over time.
Examine your past. Identify situations that were totally baffling when they occurred but now make sense in hindsight. Apply this realization to the present and future. Although something doesn't make sense now, the pieces will fall into place.
Karma does not discriminate. Your actions, either good or bad, set things in motion. You are at the controls of your destiny. Just as when you are driving, if you go down the wrong road you can change course in order to get back on track to your destination.
A successful life is not based on the avoidance of mistakes. It is impossible to live error free. Mistakes are invaluable learning experiences that karma doesn’t hold against you, when utilized to become a better person. However, repeating the same mistakes only digs a deeper hole.
Malicious behavior is far different than mistakes made in spite of good intentions. Seeking to harm others is very bad karma that attracts undesirable things. But how do you handle a situation where other people are trying to harm you?
Responding with anger, resentment, or bitterness doesn’t work to your benefit. At the very least, you are poisoning yourself mentally and physically without any mitigating effect on your circumstances. This doesn’t mean you should allow yourself to be taken advantage of. Pursuing appropriate action to protect yourself and counter any adverse behavior is not bad karma.
Even with the best karma, bad things can and do happen. It’s just part of life. We don’t always immediately understand the reason things happen. Don’t feel guilty that your actions attracted negative circumstances. It’s not your fault.
Doing the right things and treating people well is always the best strategy. It’s simply a matter of sending out what you would like to receive. It’s not magic. Everything is connected.
NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or write him c/o this paper. 2013 Bryan Golden