For good or ill, do you feel properly recompensed in the karma department? Are you still waiting for it to come around and shower you with goodies, or perhaps punish you for being a complete asshole?
In an informal and totally unscientific survey, I’ve discovered that most people do tend to believe in the axiom, “what goes around comes around” which sums up our western civilization understanding of what karma means. (Ask a Hindu or Buddhist what karma means, go ahead, I dare ya.)
Are you self-aware enough to notice karma working in your life or the life of someone you know? Is there a particular area of your life where you notice it cropping up time and time again?
The reason I’m asking is that I know of two people who are preternaturally disposed to a certain kind of almost guaranteed karma…but only in specific areas of their lives. They are so karmically blessed in these particular areas that I’ve literally ceased exclaiming, “Wow, the karma gods love you!” every time I witness their own brand of karma.
My mother and my ex-wife are my examples. They both share a propensity for receiving a certain specific kind of karma. I don’t believe that they are rewarded any more karmically then anyone else, but their karmic rewards in these areas sure are noticeable!
My mother is always able to find a parking space. Even if she’s not the one driving. I’m not kidding. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. For years now, my entire family has been a witness to this. It can literally be Black Thursday, with hordes of shoppers clogging the parking lots and my mother can pull into that parking lot, knowing full well that there will be a space right up close to the doors!
Just recently we were all in downtown Atlanta, GA and of course we needed hot dogs from The Varsity’s downtown location (one of the best damn hot dogs ever), and of course we didn’t realize it was game day for Georgia Tech and there were thousands of people headed to the stadium and what looked like thousands of people wanting hot dogs. I looked at Mom, and was like, no way in hell are we getting a parking place, but after blocking traffic with her van, and waiting for the sea of people in front of us to move, we pulled in…and of course, there was one space available…right in front! This parking space gift has been going on for years.
My ex, Katherine on the other hand is given vehicles. I’ve pretty much lost track of how many vehicles she’s been given over the 18+ years I’ve known her. It has to be at least 6 or 7 though. A vehicle of hers breaks down or falls apart and within days someone will give her another one!
When we first moved to Nashville, our only car (one that I actually purchased in Alaska) was slowly falling apart (truth be told it was a piece of shit that was always falling apart), and we had absolutely no money to buy another one. Her brother, in Florida, not knowing that our car was dying on us calls outta the blue one day and says to her, “Hey I’ve got this van that I’m thinking of getting rid of, but for some reason I thought to call you and see if you’d have any need for it?” And off she went to collect it.
And, just a couple of years ago, another car that someone gave her fell to pieces and was no longer worth fixing. She was in a panic. And lo and behold a couple of days later this really nice couple, hearing of her plight, just up and gave her their Toyota! It’s truly an amazing thing to witness.
So, are my Mom’s and Katherine’s lives just great big heaping bowls full of cherries because of this good karma? Sure, if Mom needs a parking place and Katherine needs a new vehicle. But other than that their lives probably have the same proportion of good and bad things in it as the rest of us.
And because of this obvious karma thing going on in their lives, it makes me wonder, is there a karma quota of some kind? Will either of them ever stop enjoying this particular form of karma? And, are people given so much good karma in some areas of their lives, that it outweighs any other possible karma gift?
Shirley Temple once said, and I’m paraphrasing slightly, “Good karma needs no explanation.” Sorry, Shirley…but yeah I think it does. What do you think?