If you want me to listen to you, don’t yell at me. If you want my appreciation, be considerate of me. For if you don’t like the consequence, you shouldn’t provoke the cause. Believe it or not, you collect what you sow.
These thoughts may remind you of a behaviorist perspective where each stimulus has an associated consequence. There is no reason to be so rigid, but to some extent we all have a subtle balance, and every variation causes a reaction.
Believe it or not, leave room for the unexpected, the unlikely, and magic will always comfort your heart. However, it is necessary to accept that coincidences occur.
Because life is an ongoing learning experience, you should allow yourself to be a humble student and understand that action always produces the penalty associated with it. That words have the ability to hurt and heal. That thoughts produce emotions, and that emotions make you see the world one way or another.
The weight of the effects, or the law of sanction
We all have basic knowledge of certain causes and consequences. For example, the machines and technology of the world offer a very enlightening lesson, although in reality they are quite superficial. If I press the start button, my computer starts up. If I repair my car’s brakes, it will save me from many accidents.
However, human behavior is much more complex. We have no buttons or manuals. In fact, sometimes, even though we interact in the same way with two different people, the effects can be very different. People are just as wonderful as they are complex. We have a sensitive set of emotions, things we like, and values that create different reactions in response to the same stimulus.
In addition to this, the so-called “law of cause and effect,” or law of sanction, teaches us very fundamental principles about the world and human interaction that are worth remembering:
- Every action, thought and intention is like a boomerang. Sooner or later, that behavior, that word you half-carelessly threw at someone, will come back to you through some kind of influence. Remember it.
- Whatever you suffer today, whatever takes hold of you in this multi-stranded present, is related to the cause you should look for in your past.
- However, you should not see everything absolutely rigidly, but accept it as it is. We are free and powerful beings, able to choose what we do, what to say, and what to think at any moment.
It is the duty of every person to anticipate the effects of each of their actions, and to be more thoughtful and intuitive.
Be careful with your actions, words, and thoughts
We are not just what we do and say; we are, above all, what we think. This is the way we delimit our reality by giving it form, body, essence. If your thoughts have been captured by fear or words like “I can’t” or “I don’t deserve,” your way is going to be full of swamp and barbed wire fences that you have to try to get over every day.
The theme of cause and effect doesn’t just affect the people around you. Above all, it involves a creative factor, a powerful creature capable of shaping your reality. Next, we will explain how you can put it into practice in the healthiest and most enriching way possible.
Pay attention to the cause to achieve a better result
We could live a happier, more dignified life if we paid more attention to our attitudes, observed our words, and tried to avoid harming others and ourselves. The cause-and-effect relationship reminds us that everything we do, say and think has an impact, both on us and on the people around us.
In the words of Galileo Galilei: “Things are connected through invisible bonds: you cannot tear a flower from the ground without disturbing the star.” Let’s see how you can produce effects that are healthy, valuable, and enriching for everyone.
- If you do good deeds, you will get good results. However, don’t be obsessed with expecting others to always recognize your good deeds. The person who should be most interested in acting with kindness, respect, and nobility should be you.
- Wishes and desires create intentions, and intentions create our actions. So make sure your hopes and desires are enriching, positive, and developing for you and the people around you.
- Another thing to keep in mind is automatic behavior. We live most of our lives with autopilot and get lost. This causes us to be out of touch with our inner world and our feelings.
- Slow down and stop. Each time a word is getting out of your mouth, analyze the effects it may have. Stop and turn off that mental noise that contains restrictive and uncertain attitudes. Rebuild your thoughts with new energy, power and warmth to change your reality.
Sometimes, the smallest things give rise to large, happy universes. Anything, absolutely everything, can start with a simple idea.