Rewards and Punishments in Life

It is the nature of human beings to try to understand the world around them. They want to understand why some people lead a charmed life while others lead a life of suffering.

While it is true that there are many possible explanations, it does not mean that they are the only explanations. Whichever belief you hold to be true you need to be aware of the psychological dilemmas and pitfalls that can arise as a result.

The most common explanations and assumptions about life have to do with Karma. Many people believe that their current lives are some sort of pay back for their deeds in other lives. If you believe this you may judge others unfairly. You may covet their rewards and dismiss their suffering as a justifiable punishment. Psychologically, it is important to allow that some people’s lives and good fortunes or misfortunes are not based on whether or not they deserve rewards or punishments.

Other people believe that you choose to take on your current life with all of its ramifications before you are born. If you believe this you may tend to be insensitive and lack compassion. It is important to be sympathetic to the misfortunes of others and yourself. This belief can foster anger with yourself if you choose a life you don’t want and you don’t like.

While others believe that it is “The luck of the draw”. They believe that things happen to people by chance. That it is destiny, fate or serendipity. This is the least judgmental belief. However, this belief can prevent you and others from trying to improve your life.

Still others believe that they are here to learn lessons. This places a lot of responsibility on the individual with consequences if they don’t figure out the lesson correctly.

You may retain your beliefs but be aware of the pitfalls of those beliefs. Take steps to open your mind and your heart regardless of what you believe.

Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864.

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