Anne Marie Lagnese — Staff Writer
What a person puts out into the world, karma always pays back to that person. As the saying goes, “what goes around, comes around.”
During Gear Up For Life Series: Gear Two–life decisions and the concept of karma were addressed. The program is the second installment in a “life series” hosted by Southern’s Counseling Center. It is designed to help show students how to approach different life situations.
“Paying those choices–paying our dues. Every action has a reaction,” said Denise Zack an LPC in the Counseling Center.
Zack, with some help from an intern, started the program to “send a message” to Southern students about life, relationships and coping skills. The karma workshop is part two of 11. One point made in the workshop is that karma is made up of choices people have made in life, which broaden the horizons for future choices.
If something negative is put out, one thing a person can expect is negative karma in return. In fact it can come in all forms and will pay a person back when the situation is fitting.
“Karma isn’t always immediate,” said Carly Weiland, an intern counselor in the Counseling Center. Weiland also helped Zack put together and carry out the series about life.
Sir Isaac Newton had a law that stated that every action has a reaction. The choice a person makes has its consequences. Choices like what school you go to, what major you choose, even the choice to live on campus as opposed to commuting-they all have different outcomes. Others may believe that karma is about living life a specific way as opposed to specific actions and their subsequent consequences.
“Karma is about how a person goes about living their life that makes a difference, not so much about what you get in return, as opposed to a specific lifestyle,” said Brian Harris, a student at Housatonic Community College.
Harris spoke about how people’s goals and aspirations are acquired either on their own or from friends, family or society, and these goals and aspirations dictate how they fulfill their lives. He was also talking about how some people, in modern western society, make certain choices, like what major to go into or even a college choice because that person may want a specific outcome from his or her life. Thus, people are living their lives a certain way while expecting certain outcomes.
Harris’s point correlates to Weiland and Zack’s presentation because when a person makes a decision he or she should “take a step back and see if it makes ‘me’ happy.” In other words, if a choice makes a person happy or those around them happy, then the person can usually tell whether that is the right choice.
“You are a result of your choices,” Weiland and Zack both agreed.