Wisdom traditions teach that we attract what we put out into the Universe. I have, in the past, been somewhat skeptical of the Law of Attraction, simply because it never seemed to really work for me. I consider myself a good person, with generally no malice or ill will toward people. I help those in need. I am honest and hardworking. Still, it didn’t seem as though I was receiving the blessings or abundance that the Universe promised.
On the other side of the coin, I know people who have done wrong, and seem to come out smelling like a rose. A woman has an affair with her best friend’s husband, breaks up his family, but by all appearances is happy and in love with that man as they plan their future together. Another cheats his employer and comes out financially secure. It’s not that bad things happen in my life. Believe me, I recognize that I am not perfect, and still am blessed beyond measure. It just seems that sometimes, it appears that cheaters do prosper, and those who strive to be honest, and do right by themselves and those around them, get left behind.
What I have come to realize, however, is that my path is my path, just as your path is yours. The mistresses, cheaters and liars of the world have their path. Those who live a life of goodness, honesty and giving have their path. I have learned that when our paths cross, it is up to me to forgive them, help them if I can, and send them on their way with a blessing, all the while remaining on my path. The Universe will deal with them as the Universe will, just as the Universe will deal with me as It will.
When we focus on the paths of others, we miss out on the beauty of our own.
It is not our responsibility to judge others’ actions. We may be hurt or betrayed by them, but that hurt and betrayal need not define who we are, nor should it distract us from who we are. Good has come to us. Good will continue to come to us. We just have to stay on the course of our true, good self.