Saturday, April 4, 2009

Paying It Forward

Today is Tangible Karma Day - a day to purposefully become aware of the needs of the people whose lives you are in contact with and actively do something to help fulfill those needs. I like the underlying "do something" - so many of us acknowledge awareness that doing something nice for someone else is a good thing...but how many of us really take the time to "do" it?

I am a believer in karma - that the effect of the deeds that you do will go full circle and come back to you. You know, the old "what goes around, comes around" theory. I tend to call it Universal Justice. To me, if I do things with positive intent, to do good to others, to respect life, to make the world just a little bit better, I feel like I'm sending positive energy into the universe and creating positive change.

I don't know how many of you remember the whole Random Acts of Kindness movement from a few years back, but I think it is soooo important to try to do positive things for others. Doesn't have to be anything big, sometimes just a smile at a stranger can make a world of difference in their life. So open that door for someone, give someone your seat on the bus or train, donate an hour of your time reading to kids at the hospital or visiting a senior citizen's center. Smile at that grumpy old man you pass every morning, hug your child the next time you're ready to yell at them because you're the one who's having a bad day. Call your mom/dad/child/sibling/best friend and tell them that you love them. Make someone laugh. Donate a gently used outfit to a homeless shelter so someone will have something decent to wear on that job interview. Invite that neighbor that lives alone over for dinner. Let that person with only two items go ahead of you in the grocery line. Give someone a hug. Help make someone's life better in whatever way you can... but really take that little extra step to "do it" instead of just thinking about it!

If karma is nothing more than feeling good about what you've done, isn't that a wonderful thing? If doing something nice for someone betters their life in some way, who knows what wonderful changes that will bring in the circle of a positive part of that circle! I don't think I have to tell anyone how much negative energy there is out there - so make some happiness today! We're all in this together!

1 comment:

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