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A friend sent a photo of a newspaper clipping as a forward today. I could only find a copy of the text in discussion forums. But the gist of it was the phenomenon of “karma.”

Karma is most easily defined by the Hindu roots of the law of cause and effect. Or, as we Westerners understand it, something happening to us because of something else we did.

For as many people as are on this earth, there are equally as many theories of the universe’s workings. But I tend to believe in this Karma thing. And I also believe that it works both ways. For instance: if you are a genuine jerk to someone, it may come back around that someone will shortly thereafter be a genuine jerk to you. Or, the converse: if you give of yourself to help others, someone will do a good favor for you too.

Of course, this could be easily written off by the nature of the situations – e.g.: if I am an inherently mean person, I will probably piss someone off and they will therefore be mean back to me. But for the time-being, I am dismissing this notion and apologizing for not providing better examples of basic potential Karma situations.

On the good side of things, this could also overlap with the theory of Paying It Forward.  This theory suggests that someone will “repay” their debt of receiving a good deed by providing a good deed to someone else, an unrelated person to the original “debt.” This is memorialized well in a current commercial on tv right now by Liberty Mutual.   Liberty Mutual started this ad campaign a year ago with another Pay It Forward commercial.

This goes hand in hand with the cause and effect law presented as Karma in Hinduism. In law, we like to think of it as the “But for” occurrence. But for A, then B would not have happened. I like to think that a friend’s recent (loss and) return of a cell phone in Chicago was because of Karma.

But sometimes we don’t always notice the good things that happen. Far too often, when something bad happens, we tend to ask (or cry?), “Why Me?” But how often do we stop and say, “Why Me?” when it is something good that happens?

I suggest that if we take more notice of what happens to us (especially the good, since often we don’t give it due acknowledgment and often take it occurring for granted) and pay it forward, there might be more good in this world. Some might call it a “vicious” cycle. I call it Karma.

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