- Religion and Philosophy
Why Is My Life Full Of Struggles and Bad Luck?
Why am I the chosen one always? For all the disappointments, phases of bad luck and missed opportunities?
Sometimes, I do ponder…will my struggle continue all my life?
Does this happen to everyone? Is failure and inconsistency a part of everyone's life?
Definitely not – Looking around I see so many happy people, their lives seem to be perfect with slight ups and downs, which is simply a bad phase which goes away as quickly as it comes. Writing all my negative thoughts and emotions, I feel I am writing a sad diary or sad story. Perhaps this is not going to interest anyone or is it that I am really depressed?
Struggle is a part of life!
My friends say this is a part of life – or maybe I am suffering due to my bad 'karma'.
Everyone faces ups and downs of life but for some, it is just too much. It is overwhelming at times, sometimes it just tears me down and makes me believe that being resilient doesn’t help. I do not wish to be strong, why do I always have to be strong?
Nothing comes easy in my life – things seem momentary. I have fought all my life for every little pleasure or happiness I believed I deserved. There was a phase in my life, when I no longer looked forward to happiness. I just lived.
There are days when I wake up determined and motivated to think positive, to look for positive things in life and try to bring a change in my life.
Trying to find out why do I suffer so much I read everything which could lay my hands on. The internet is full of motivational quotes, stories, real life incidents and struggle stories of people. I tried to fit in and compare each situation with my own.
In one forum I was read about the law of ‘Karma’ and the role it plays in our lives. Being a Hindu, I was aware of the theory since childhood, when we were told time and again, that whatever we do or through our every little action, our karma will ultimately give us the results.
So, it’s important to be careful with our deeds because we will reap what we sow.
Theory Of Karma: How We Are Responsible For Our Deeds
For those who are new to the theory, the origins of Karma can be traced back to ancient India. It is an important concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Taoism. The theory of karma is actually the application of cause and effect to the moral experience. The law of karma says that all our actions, whether good for bad produce their consequences in life. If we do good, we will get good in return and vise versa. Thus, the key is to do good ‘karma’ and in a way reduce one’s sufferings.
This theory is widely accepted in many countries – people believe that we suffer mainly due to our bad deeds, either in this birth or in the previous birth. Well – this is another concept which has invited a lot of debate.
So, how does one tackle the situation if our past ‘karma’ is bad? Just like me, I am sure there are many others, who are frantically searching for ways to get out of their consistent struggles and difficulties of life. No one has control on their previous birth or how can we build a good karma now?
Ways Of Building Good Karma:
Surprisingly, what I understand that building good karma is easy and definitely does not involve difficulties. These are a few selfless acts which we can do on an everyday basis. Of course there is no harm in trying, if it brings a good change in life.
Even if you are bad at complimenting, give compliments to people as much as you. It is easy to say someone that the job has been done really well. This is a good way to spread positivity and happiness. A small compliment may bring a huge change in the way a person feels.
Help people as much as you can. If someone is trying to find a good Doctor or a therapist and you know about someone, why not recommend? This recommend will definitely help someone a great deal.
Help Someone Get A Job:
Unemployment is difficult – it brings in struggle, financial insecurity and instability. If you have a job in hand and you know someone who is in need of a job, why not connect the two individuals and help them? This little connection or recommendation can actually help in improving the quality of life of a person. You never know, you too might get recommended in future.
If someone helps you or when you learn something from any person, do not forget to thank the person for such work. This sincere expression of thanks helps in spreading goodwill and happiness in life.
Give Something Valuable:
We all donate but giving away something which is of great value to us is something which is different.
The idea is to do good things in life, help others, bring a smile in the life of others and you will reap its benefits.
Just a thought – does law of karma apply to all? Does this mean those who have a happy and smooth life actually do so much good?
I am still looking for the answers.