My mom is a Buddhist and it’s slowly but surely rubbed off on me throughout my life. It’s part of why I hate confrontation. I don’t like to put effort into fighting, complaining and pity because I feel like ultimately you get what you give. I have a lot of great books on Buddhism and Zen but there’s also tons of info on the Internet.
This is a really interesting article about Karma. One of the best quotes I took away from this was “We ourselves are responsible for our own happiness and misery. We create our own Heaven. We create our own Hell. We are the architects of our own fate.”
If you steal, you get stolen from. You might not realize it but it will happen. I know that every action I make has a consequence. I know that dwelling on bad things is pointless. You live and learn from your mistakes, or at least you should. If you keep making the same poor choices you’re going to keep getting the same results. I always think that no matter how bad you feel at a certain moment you just need to stop and realize that you can always find a solution. No matter what dilemma you find yourself in, you can fix it if you’re able to adapt. Think as if you were in someone else’s shoes. The power of your mind is amazing. It’s really all you have if you take away everything tangible. Treat it well.