Have you ever noticed how opinions regarding negative occurrences in the lives of others varies with your personal connection with that person?
A: “That kid that bullied me in seventh grade just got into a terrible car accident. It looks like a long road to recovery!”
B: “Oh yeah? That’s karma for you.”
A: “I can’t meet up tonight. My cousin was just in a terrible car accident. It looks like a long road to recovery!”
B: “Oh no! He’s strong, this is just the powers that be testing him. He’ll prevail.”
We’ve all encountered this. I don’t care how virtuous you believe you are, you have, in your own mind, decided whether the hardship of another was the test of a strong person, or karma coming to bite someone who had done wrong. But, I ask, what if it’s you?
I have been thinking about that recently about myself. Am I a bad person who deserved to get cancer at 24? Am I a strong person who was tested though significant loss of life close to my own? Am I a mean person who deserved to be hurt by her significant other? Am I student in life who passed the tests of physical injuries?
How can you look inward and find the answer? Is it even possible? I guess the only thing one can do is try to be the best person who would attract good karma, or the strength to pass a test.