What goes around, goes around, goes around, comes all the way back around. Those aren’t just the lyrics to a Justin Timberlake song that Khloé Kardashian is probably listening to, they’re also the basic definition of karma. And as of Wednesday, March 13, they’re also some of the few choice words that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star had to share on her Instagram Story. Though the reality TV personality has been posting all kinds of inspirational and meaningful (and occasionally pretty obvious) quotes on her social media lately, this one seems particularly poignant — and that’s probably because it came on Tristan Thompson‘s birthday.

This time last year, Koko was super pregnant, in love, and celebrating her man on his big day. “To the happiest of birthdays, my love!” she wrote on Instagram. “How special is this thing called life that we share together?! I am so blessed to be creating beautiful monumental memories with such a wonderful man! I hope this year brings you all that you dream of! You will forever be my always! I love you, baby!” The year before, she wrote the same sort of post. This year, though? Yeah. Not so much. Instead, Tristan’s ex had a different message to send.

Khloé Kardashian Posts about Karma on Tristan Thompson's Birthday
Instagram/Courtesy of Khloé Kardashian

In a list of “12 daily reminders,” the KUWTK star had some pointed things to say — but most notable was the last one. “What goes around, comes around,” her story read. The list also included some other sayings that we’re betting Khloé has made into mantras recently. “The past cannot be changed,” seems like an important reminder for someone who might want to romanticize the relationship she had with the father of her daughter. “Overthinking will lead to sadness,” is good advice for someone who shouldn’t be dwelling on a breakup. And “happiness is found within” and “positive thoughts create positive things” are also coming in handy right about now we’d be.

But there is one that worries us on that list. “You only fail if you quit” seems like the kind of advice that Khloé was giving herself back when she was still struggling to make things work with Tristan despite the fact that he wasn’t pulling his weight. The star stayed with her now-ex for nearly a year following his first major cheating scandal, and it was only once he did it again that she finally let the relationship go. It’s okay to quit sometimes, Khloé — and it definitely does not make you a failure.

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