Call me a hippie, but I believe in karma. Like the song by Culture Club, Karma Chameleon ( which as a child I used to think was “come here come here come here chameleon”) it comes and goes. I don’t think that there is some higher being that decides whether you are on the good or bad route though, but I honestly think that it’s a self fulfilling prophecy. Screw with someone else, and you subconsciously worry yourself into thinking that you have something bad coming to you, and as a result, something goes wrong.
So in that respect, surely good karma comes to you if you act respectfully, treat people as you would like to be treated, and pay it forward. A close friend told me recently about her high school teacher, who always paid for himself and the car behind him at a toll road, in the hope that one day someone would do it for him. The chances are in the society we live in today it will never happen, but from positivity breeds hope, and I’m sure that his life is that tiny bit more fulfilled because of his generosity.
I don’t think I pay it forward often enough. When I had a car I would sometimes hand the ticket to someone on my way out if there was money left on it, but I think in the great scheme of things, that’s not what paying it forward means.
But I think that the idea of doing something selfless means entirely that. You can’t do something in the hope that someone will do something back for you, because then the action loses its meaning and becomes a means to an end, right?
How are you paying it forward?