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Thoughts on Karma June 20, 2018

We are in the middle of a relocation that began four months ago. We’re currently living in a furnished apartment in Delaware while closing on our home in Maryland and working on the process to purchase a home in Pennsylvania. Everything is within a 50-mile radius, which has presented interesting challenges, unique to our fairly “local” move. We are in the midst of our journey and I’ve found that the concept of Karma has popped up so many times that I needed to share some thoughts.Karma1

If you’re not familiar with the word “Karma”, it is a word with Hindu and Buddhist ties that has nothing to do with actions. It’s actually been called the law of cause and effect. The Bible refers to Karma in the book of Galatians (Galatians 6:7 KJV) “Be not deceived God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” It’s the old adage “what goes around, comes around”… bad begets bad while good begets good. I find that karma goes hand-in-hand with The Golden Rule of treating others as you wish to be treated.

 

My way of putting “good” into the world becomes very tangible at times. I have made an effort to bake things every week or so for the office staff in our apartment building, varying the baked goods once I learned that one of the staff didn’t eat chocolate. When we were presented with the results from the MD home inspection, we made every effort to accommodate the buyer’s list of concerns. Prior to signing the closing documents for our MD home, I made a batch of my Lavender Wine Sugar Scrub to give as gifts to our agent, title agent, and buyer. I baked a batch of cookies for both the septic inspector and the home inspector for the new home in PA. I bought a small toy to take to the home inspection for each of the two dogs who live in the PA home. My husband recognizes that this is my way of putting something positive into the world at a time when so many are only focused on their own needs or wants.

 

I don’t look at these gifts or things as bribes, and I’m not expecting anything from these people in return. I am doing what I feel I do best… I’m treating people as I wish to be treated and putting out good karma. It doesn’t always work, but it certainly makes me feel so much better. I’ve learned that when I get snarky and bitchy with people, I almost always regret what I’ve said or done, so it’s not worth the trouble.

I recently had an instance where our communications were being misinterpreted.  Messages directed to us were terse and snippy, causing us to feel defensive about any possible response. We were being bullied. It took awhile for me to seeKarma2 the situation clearly, especially since the bully was someone I wouldn’t have expected… someone who apparently had been behaving this way for long enough that it was generally excused with a simply comment “Oh, she’s from New Jersey”. Seriously? Once I realized this, I felt the best way to respond was to be kind but to also remove ourselves from any direct interaction with this bully. We made arrangements to handle our part of the transaction separately and distanced ourselves from the situation yet continued to be as positive as possible, within the scope of the situation. Thankfully, everything wrapped up nicely…. made me glad to see that Karma was on our side because we didn’t sink to a negative level.

I recognize that this post may seem a bit “Pollyanna” to people who don’t know me, but I truly prefer to look for the good in people. My Happy Yellow Lab mentality may seem old school or out-dated, but I will always maintain that I feel better and function more effectively if I stay positive. Maybe it’s something that’s worth trying in your own life? Try putting good out into the world and see if you aren’t rewarded with some good things coming back to you… Karma can truly be a wonderful thing.

 

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Because I’m Happy… February 20, 2014

Filed under: Blessings,Life Balance,Random Thoughts — beatitudesofmylife @ 4:02 pm
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Wow… has this song by Pharrell Williams resonated with me recently.  I love the tune, love the lyrics, love the sentiment, and just can’t stop playing this song.  It feels as if it’s my mantra, and honestly, how bad can things be if “happy” is your mantra?

Have you heard this song yet?  If not, here’s the YouTube video of it.  Just click on it and take a few minutes to let the tune sink into your bones.  Let the upbeat tone and smiles of everyone shown just flow over you.  It’s really worth those few minutes… I’ll wait…

Oh, and here’s the Richmond RVA-version of that same video… we just love Richmond and want everyone else to love it too!

Now, did you catch all the words?  If not, here they are, in all their glory:

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

[Hook:]
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

[Verse 2:]
Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why

[Hook]

Hey, come on

[Bridge:]
(happy)
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
I said

[Hook 2x]

Hey, come on

(happy)
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

Amazing, right?  I could easily listen to this song for days and not get tired of it.  It gets my head bopping, my feet tapping, and I have a hard time sitting still.  I turn the radio up when it comes on just so I can try and drown out the artist and get every word right (which, of course, never happens, but I keep trying anyway).  It’s such an upbeat, fun song that I love it.

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There’s so much un-happiness in this world today that I just have to focus on the positive and do my best to be “happy”.  My husband lovingly calls me a “happy yellow lab”.  No, he’s not calling me a dog… he’s recognizing that my outlook focuses on the fun/happy/positive parts of life rather than sinking into the negative.  My college roommate once gave me a platter with the word “Happy” on it because she said that it just seemed like me.  I had to include a photo of it here: Isn’t it just something that would make you smile every time you used it?  I was really touched that she felt that way about me… and took it as pretty high praise.

Being a happy person doesn’t mean that you don’t have bad days or let things get you down… being happy just simply means, to me, that you make a very concerted effort not to “sweat the small stuff”.   Life can hand you lots of different challenges, but to focus on the happier side of life can sometimes make those challenges easier to face.  You don’t have to allow the negative side of life to take over… just do your best to look on the brighter side of things.   It may sound pithy, but try it sometime… you may just surprise yourself and have a better day than you expected!

 

 
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