(Different pathways lead to different outcomes)
I am starting to believe in Karma. Here is a related song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBH97ma9YiI). Here’s a long winded story to explain why:
A few days ago, I saw lots of friends in one day, all of whom are the sort of mates you have to catch because everyone’s so busy. I also chatted to my course mates at the pub, read my own poetry at an event at my uni, did some work, went to see some rap poetry about Shakespeare.
That is, I didn’t do anything particularly naughty or bad, just nice clean fun with friends.
AND THEN I lost my phone on the bus.
I felt a bit bummed out about that. So after the rap gig my friend and I went to get some tea to chat and so I could look through my bag for my phone and feel a bit sorry for myself with cake. Then… the barista in Pret gave me a free coffee because he made an extra one by accident or something.
Free coffee doesn’t quite equal lost phone but hey, that is still quite Karmatic and Amazing.
Later that evening I went home and wrote some poems on teh tube. One of them was about Kindness.
Once I got off the tube, I saw a boy my age in hockey kit, waiting for a bus. And he looked so frozen (it was like -2C at 12am or so), so I felt bad and offered him a lift to his university halls.
After I’d done it, I was like, hey I may have just rebalanced my bad Karma. -1 lost phone +.5 free coffee +1 free lift = +.5 good karma…
Something like that.
I don’t actually know if Karma is a thing, but it’s a nice concept. We should do good things to others to give ourselves good Karma and to alleviate bad Karma. A quick wiki search tells me that Karma means a ‘deed’ which leads to the cause and effect cycle of ‘samsara’. This is an ancient Indian concept, used in Buddhism as well as other religions.
The first person I met at university, on one of the first few days, bought me a coffee. Instead of admitting that he wanted to buy a pretty girl a coffee, he explained that he wanted to because his friend from halls bought him a coffee and the boy in question wanted to spread the good Karma. Truly delightful.
I think I am going to try to do more nice things for others. It is a bit irrelevant about the Karma thing, but if in any way it will make the cold world we live in a bit of a happier place, than that’s cool.
Here is my poem about kindness (called ‘Friend in need is a friend indeed’):
…when a stranger asks you in Claire’s if you’re OK, when you’re 13 and you think you’ve lost your first bank card
…When another stranger sends you all the cards you lost by post with a note
…When a brother of a friend of a friend returns a pound, after you bought falafel from his stall
…a friend who’ll listen to your midnight ramblings, however stupid those may be
…Boyfriends who carry heavy things for you
…Looking out for drunk girls you’ve just met
…Accepting people’s flaws
…Knowing when to be cruel to be kind