Shannon - Homewood, Illinois
Entered on October 16, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

You may use revenge or depend on luck, but I believe in karma. This Buddhist term is described as any kind of intentional action whether mental, verbal, or physical that is of moral or immoral volition. We are responsible for our own happiness or misery, and that is a result of our past actions and present doings. I have had many experiences where karma had taken place for what I have done, either good or bad. “What goes around, comes around.”, my mother assured me, as I was searching the job ads in the newspaper. It had been almost a month, and I could still not find one. I was irritated, and it was the last thing I wanted to hear, as I just learned that I had to spend my free time tutoring a girl I did not even know. I was busy enough with sports and school, and did not want to spend the rest of my time tutoring. Broke and defeated, I decided to go through with it and at least get paid. To my surprise, my mother let me know that I was going to do this as a volunteer since she was friends with the girl’s mother. This is a quote from It’s a Wonderful Life; it explains that a bell rings when you do a kind act, and that it will come back to you. I understood karma, and began to recognize it after I started tutoring. I was happier and enjoyed helping someone. But it was when the girl’s mother offered me a job that I believed in karma. By helping someone out, I had the favor return to me. Just like this example, there are many more where karma is demonstrated. As seen in countless movies, there is always the classic story line of the popular yet mean jock that grows up to be a taxi driver, or the awkward nerd becoming wealthy and confident. Encountering these experiences, I noticed that what you do can affect your future. Whether it is volunteering at charities or bullying a younger kid, how you react towards these actions will either help or hurt you; it’s called karma.