My Thanksgiving message: karma

Everyone has beliefs, traditions, acts, words to live by that explain and justify things that happen in their life and help them sleep at night.

I believe in karma. Karma as defined by Urban is ‘the belief that all of your actions will have equal repercussions affecting you.’

Think about it, the old ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ resonates strongly in a time when people need to believe in something, because so much is going wrong.

Last year I wrote about how people have the power to change the lives of others, how we as individuals can make things happen, because we can change our lives and the lives of those around us for better or worse, as others can do the same to us.

This has certainly be proven to me this year, because I was made redundant from a job I loved. It was nobody’s fault; things are slow and businesses need to save money and one way to do that is by cutting jobs. It’s not personal, it’s just business.

This is where karma comes into play, this is where we learn not to burn bridges and use our manners and be nice to everyone, because you never know who you’re going to need. The guy you were chatting to in the grocery store, or the woman you met at football practice could be your next boss.

This is what happened to me, and now I have a new job, is it because of karma or just plain luck, I don’t know, but I was one of the lucky ones and I believe karma had something to do with it.

Now is the time when we must make things happen for ourselves, because life does not come to you, you must go out and grab life by the horns and hang on tight. Carpe diem – seize the day!

Karma is not random, it comes from being honest and kind to others; it comes from doing unto others. Even then, it doesn’t always work, because sometimes bad things happen to good people and we have to just accept it and make the best of a bad situation even though sometimes, as they say ‘life sucks’.

Let’s face it, what’s the alternative? I don’t even want to go there.

Deal with it, if life was always smooth sailing it would be boring, It’s the challenges that we overcome that make us stronger.

Many of us weathered through Hurricane Ivan a few years ago, and because of that experience, now when a bad storm comes along we know we handle whatever life throws at us. Because even though it was hard, it made us stronger as individuals and as a community and now we can deal with challenges that face us a little more prepared than we once were.

So on this American Thanksgiving I wish you good karma. May the person who you let in front of you in traffic always wave ‘thanks’. May your children remember to do their chores and may your boss appreciate how hard you work. And if life has been a little harder this year, as it has for many of us, I wish you the tenacity to go out and make new opportunities happen for you.

Be thankful readers, it’s been a tough year for everyone, but we’re all still here, and for that, I am thankful.

Cathy Richardson

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