Kindness and Karma

I believe in Karma in the sense of the here and now. My belief has nothing to do with the afterlife, an area I choose not to discuss.

Every day I go out of my way to do at least one-act of random kindness to a total stranger. I always hold the door open for all people young or old, always smile at people in passing and most smile back. Many small things bring me pleasure like smiling or saying high to a small child, or an adult it doesn’t matter.

This morning was a great example. I normally go to Wall Mart to purchase things that I can get cheaper that the major chain grocery store that I can walk to. I usually go between 3 and 4 in the morning when they are not crowed and I don’t have to wait in the long lines at the register. I walked in the door and there was a teenage girl struggling to get a shopping basket free that was wedged into another one. I said mam the ones next to it don’t look like they are stuck why don’t you try one of them Her response was “ I am determined to get this damm thing unstuck”. I said well at least let me help you. I then braced myself for what I knew was going to happen. We got the thing unstuck but the pain level shot up in my back about 4 points. She said thank you sir and went about her way. I live with chronic back pain on a daily basis, don’t pity me for this, it just is. When I got home I had to take a pain pill for my back which has some harsh side affects but in the end it was well worth it because I helped her and it made me feel better about myself. I then struck up several one or two-minute conversions with the people who stalk the shelves. They have a very boring job and are usually more than willing to just talk about anything for a couple of minutes.

This is just a couple of examples that happened in one brief outing. I believe you get from society what you give so the next time you are out and about try being kind to a stranger you will be amazed at how good it makes you feel !

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17 thoughts on “Kindness and Karma

  1. You are making a difference in the world just by being YOU…and being open and kind to others!

  2. What a nice thing to do. I agree, it’s important to be kind to each other and to help people when we can. I’m sure the world is a better place for all the kinds acts you do each day.

  3. It’s a big world out there full of people who are nice and some who are not — it would be nice to run into more like you when going out and about. Thanks for being one of the nice ones — it encourages the rest of us to be one of the nice ones as well!

  4. that was sweet of you to help her…sure hope your back is better! one act of kindness by everyone could make this world a better place…keep doing what you’re doing!

  5. It seems being kind is is your natural demeanor. I always hold doors open and try to smile with my eyes verses my mouth (it can be an invitation for unwanted interaction). But then I become irate when someone doesn’t say “thank you” or doesn’t do the same, lol. I think it is common courtesy. If I’m in crosswalk don’t rush your car through, or if I’m behind you, don’t let the door slam in my face! I suppose I would have been shocked to learn otherwise about you Bob, you just seem like that kind of nice guy. Did you mean “stock” verses stalk? 🙂

    • I am a nice guy most of the time but I am also a Gemini and my evil twin does appear from time to time 🙂 Yes I meant stock, you caught it the grammar checker on WordPress missed it. I only type with two fingers so my brain is always ahead of my input, I think.

  6. Sorry I meant four fingers, see what I mean 🙂

  7. Being kind is the best medicine on the worst day. Truly.

  8. I too believe in Karma. Many a time, the only thing that has stopped me from ripping some inconsiderate fool a new asshole is the knowledge that karma always wins in the end. Acts as simple as letting a car go ahead in traffic, smiling as you pass someone on the street, or handing a five dollar bill an unfortunate soul begging on the street.

    My grandmother was a great example of the power of kindness. During the depression she became somewhat of a legend amongst hobos. The railroad ran past the top of our farm, men riding the rails had “marks” for places to jump off for a meal. Every day hungry strangers appeared at her door, she always found a little job for them to do, fed them, and made sure they had a few days worth of sandwiches when they jumped back on that train. She was one of the kindest, happiest people I’ve ever known. Good karma fed her soul, and she asked for nothing in return. 🙂

    • You are right and the acts that you do, are worthy and make a big difference to people. Your Grandmother sounds like a wonderful person. What she did, especially during the depression is nothing short of a miracle !!

  9. Thanks for liking my posts! I love this post about Karma and Kindness. It’s like paying it forward and if we all did it, what a wonderful world this would be. I guess I’m a dreamer at heart. But a girl can dream and put it out there in the Universe. Much love and light to you and have a blessed day! Queen Of Hearts

    • You are very welcome I enjoyed them. I actually thought about using the the title pay it forward on this post but it didn’t seem to fit. I think every one should be a dreamer at heart, what can it hurt

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