"Sow as you reap", 'Your actions are judged in this life itself" are some common phrases we grow up with. Depending on the Religion that you follow, there are different ways and methods that are depicted of recording your "deeds" in Life.
Are they really recorded and if actually are - would it actually matter?
I am more of a 'Live life Person'! If you plant an apple seed and if you are lucky, it will grow to an apple tree. It can never bear Oranges! I believe that every action / deed of ours has its own effects and ripples.
I have differentiated effects and ripples. Effects are ones that we can see immediately. Like I punch someone in the eye, he either punches me back or has someone punch me. In certain cases, he might just forgive me as well - which is more discomforting as he becomes the bigger Man there. Maybe I was better off not punching him in the first place and being the better guy!
Ripple effect is more of a Long term. Like you plant an Apple tree and some Newton sits under the same - maybe 100 years later and discovers Gravity to make History!
Well, either case what am I to do with it? My actions are not based on some fear that they might come back and bite me someday nor because I want to save myself from some pain or agony at some point. I don’t have to be scared into making good choices in Life. I do them because it makes me feel good.
I feel good spreading a Smile, doing good to someone - not because someday I will be paid back but only because I "Sleep Well" when I can make a deed which is counted in Good!
It’s an entire different Topic as what is Good and what is Bad. Please do let me know your thoughts!