16 March 2009

The Seeds We Sow



(Be warned: I was in a, uhm... a reflective mood when I wrote this.)

This has been on my mind for some time now. I had been thinking that I need to strive harder to do good, be a better person, not just because it sets a good example for the kids, but also because I believe that what we do now, as parents, might reflect on our children and our grandchildren --in a karmic sense.

A passage read during Mass today got me thinking. From Exodus 20:5-6
"...for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments."
I am not going to dissect this passage and talk religion here. I brought it up because, from a religious point of view, it reinforced what I was thinking. That beyond the practical impact of what we do now, --e.g. living green, being more frugal, adopting a healthier lifestyle, etc. -- there is also the "karmic" impact to consider. I say karmic because I can't think of a better word at the moment.

It would be comforting to think that if we do good to others or simply be a good friend, a good neighbor or a good citizen, that one day, should the occasion arise, someone hopefully might remember how we were and extend the same courtesy to our children and our children's children. THIS is what keeps me from firing off acid retorts and holding my tongue these days. This is why I feel I should reach out more and help others more. This is why I feel so blessed to have children. These little tikesters somehow make me try hard to be better.

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