This is one of the beauties of karma. It is ever efficient and does not waste energy.
I was at an event last week and I met two fascinating young men. Paul told me that he is finishing his doctorate in nutrition and he plans to work with youth and young families to help educate them on healthy lifestyles. I asked him how that became his passion. He told me he grew up poor, that his mom worked at a fast food restaurant and he had left over burgers and fries almost every night of his childhood and teen years. He had become overweight and had health issues before the age of 18.
The other young man, John, told me he grew up in foster care. He bounced around from home to home, packing all his worldly possessions into a large black garbage bag several times each year. He stopped going to school, he got into some trouble and he found himself in front of a judge. This all sounds so typical. But then he did the unthinkable. He had the courage and strength to represent himself in the court system that seemed to have failed him. Or did it fail him? This one experience changed his life. He has created a non-profit to help youth in the foster care system who are at risk- which may be most of those kids. As he was talking with me, I was speechless. I was trying to fathom what it would be like to be a small child that no one seemed to want or love. What does that do to someone’s soul and psyche? After all, packing your possessions in a garbage bag tells your subconscious that you are literally garbage! Somehow John seems to have risen above his upbringing. He is making a difference.
Why did these young men grow up the way they did? Why did they have these experiences of poverty and loss of family? Did karma set them up? Did karma offer them the chance to make a difference by setting them up with such difficult childhoods?
Would Paul have become a nutritionist dedicated to families that endure poverty had he not had the experience of his mom working in fast food and bringing home the leftovers night after night?
Would John have become an advocate for youth in the foster care system if he grew up in a middle class family where he was wanted and loved? Would he be helping so many youth if the foster care system and court systems did not fail him?
Who knows how many souls these young men will be able to touch, to help, to make a difference. As tough as a start as they had, karma set them up on their karmic paths and they listened and followed their passion. These men are filling their karmic bank accounts!
When things get tough and we wonder why life is so trying and difficult, we need to remind ourselves what is the lesson? What are the karmic opportunities that may seem hidden? If we can look through a lens with detached compassion (take the emotion out of it) and analyze the situation, we may find answers that will put us on a better karmic path.
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