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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Karma Chameleon

Do you believe in Karma?

The definition of Karma: the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person's deeds in the previous incarnation.

I totally believe in Karma, only I believe good or bad deeds come back to help/haunt us in this lifetime.  For example a couple of weeks ago, I went to the ATM on a Saturday, and I was the only one there.  I went to put my card in the machine, but to my surprise...there was already a card inside.  The screen said, "Are you still there?  How much would you like to withdraw?"

Oh jeez.  Suddenly my childhood flashed before my eyes, and I was a 6-year old with pigtails being told by my father, "Now Jeannie, we don't take from others.  Go give this toy back to your friend Paige, because it's hers, not yours."

In my dream, I retort back, "But Pops, it's really expensive living in Chicago and I'm underemployed, so I can't afford my own toys!"

My dad doesn't budge, and when I'm thrust back into reality, my conscience gets the best of me.  I hit "Cancel Transaction" and take the card inside to the bank manager.  

Totally worth it, because Karma paid me back in a big way...

Just a couple of weeks later, we went to dinner at Navy Pier and I used my credit card.  A couple of days later I went to charge something else, but the card was nowhere to be found.  I called the restaurant, and they didn't have it.  I started freaking out because two days had passed, which meant ample opportunity for someone to charge up a storm.  Plus, I knew that Navy Pier is super busy with tourists, so I'm thinking my card is half way to Duluth.  I immediately got on-line to check my statement...and....nothing.  Not a single charge.

Are you kidding me?  Thank God!  I immediately canceled my card and got a new one.

In the words of Karma-loving Justin Timberlake, what goes around, comes around.  So treat people well, don't steal and always be the person your parents would be proud of.  (Thanks Pops.)

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