In the past, I've frequently utilized Mondays for whatever rant I need to get off my chest. That way, I've cleared the air at the beginning of the week and don't carry the poison with me. That premise got me thinking and I (and you) have something to ponder this Monday.
Getting my rants out on Monday to clear them from my life got me thinking about Karma. Very often, people make the assumption that when karma comes around, it will be a big, bombastic event making it obvious to the world that karma has come into play. That's not quite the way I view it.
I believe that karma is more a stain on your soul (or your essence, if you prefer) from your past actions. If you have done vile things, I believe they leave an imprint that you carry with you and which colors your future. While it is all well and good to proclaim that you must forget the past in order to move forward, it is also incredibly naive to believe that the energy and actions you have sent out into the universe don't linger. I believe that is why so many twelve-step programs and others like them include making amends as such a large, integral part of recovery.
You truly cannot move forward without healing the wounds you have caused in the past. To carry such a stain on your soul jeopardizes everything and everyone in your future. The flip side, of course, is forgiveness of those you believe have harmed you. Carrying the pain and anger prevents you from making any amends you personally need to make and removing your own stains.
Like I said...just something I was pondering this morning. Hopefully, I gave you something to ponder also!