Do-Good Feel-Good Spiral
The more esteem-able things we do, the better we feel about ourselves and others, and in turn, the more esteem-able things we do. I refer to this as a “Do-Good Feel-Good Spiral.” It’s an upward and unending spiral of good deeds, good intentions and good karma. It’s a wonderful way to build self-esteem in ourselves and others. To initiate this process is a win-win scenario and gift that keeps on giving.
I understand and evaluate Karma the same way I do any relationship: Consistent investments bring about dividends and consistent withdrawals bring about overdrafts. As an economics major, I can’t help but see Karma as the macro relationship we have with our larger world. Our macro relationship is determined by the quality of the micro relationships we have with one another. Individually, and overall, we need to keep the supply of love much higher than the demand in order to minimize the cost to each of us and our universe. We need a healthy level of self-esteem and regard for others in order to commit to a life of love investments.
I’ve never subscribed to karma as a system of rewards and punishments. We invest, plant, and nurture in order to gain, grow and thrive. To engage in less than good karma is a missed opportunity. The first benefits we give up are the good feelings that come from doing esteem-able things.