Friday, July 23, 2010

Karma (Do Good for Goodness Sake)

We live in a world where everyone likes to feel important. Everyone likes to be praised for their goodwill and efforts, and to be honest nothing is wrong with that. After all you worked for it, you deserve it. Where I have a problem are those who want to feel important by letting others feel less than they are; that’s a huge no no for me. No matter how big you think you are, only one being is greatest and that is God. At the end of the day we are all human just the same.

So I was reading an email today and it demonstrated the power of karma in the world. The concept is simple, do good and good will come back to you.

I want to tell everyone two stories; both about my life that are true; I’ll try to make them as short as possible.

One night they had a sporting event at Jamaica’s National Stadium. After the event I went there to pick up my mother. I came to the end of the road where there was a police officer on a bike directing traffic. It seemed they had turned a two-way street into a one-way street for the night, but I was unaware of this. Little after the policeman began overreacting and starting cussing saying I should turn around and go the other way. Now knowing the delightful person I am, my philosophy is “If you want respect from others you have to be willing to respect them as well, no matter who they are.” So again I say, being the delightful person I am, I decided not to move because of the policeman’s behaviour. His reaction was he was going to shoot me if I didn’t move. My first reaction to this was to look the policeman dead in the eyes and just smiled, and continued smiling. Long and short I eventually moved the car. Some months later I heard that the said policeman had been arrested for criminal charges and is imprisoned to this day.

Story two.

First of all let me say how much I love Marketing, it’s my passion and my soul and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. When I decided to leave University at the end of my 3rd year doing IT (which I hate by the way), I decided to get really in depth with this Marketing thing. So I started doing freelance Marketing for start-up businesses, and by freelance I really mean free. I had gotten an opportunity to develop Marketing strategies for a reputable company in Jamaica and I was on my highest high. I spent hours on it, working diligently at it, and some nights didn’t even sleep until I had finished developing several strategies. A young man came to me, who is now a good friend of mine, asking if I would help him with his Marketing. He had a little start-up business, with no money, and no means of compensating me in any way for my time. To add another factor into the mix: compared to the other businesses I was doing Marketing for, his business was pretty much at the bottom of the barrel in terms of being established. My first reaction could have been, “well no, I don’t have time for your little business, I’m too busy and too important handling bigger clients.” However, my reaction was, “sure I’ll help you with your business.” He wasn’t compensating me for my time or effort, but I placed the most time and effort in his business than I did with anyone else’s (even to this day), because I saw where his business had the greatest need and I really wanted to see his business get to a higher level. There came a time when “freelancing” wasn’t really paying the bills and I had to seek employment. The first place I turned to was the reputable company I did Marketing for. Shockingly they turned down my request for employment. My now friend with the start-up business introduced me to the Managing Director of the company I now work for, and the job I’m in now is far better than what any other job could possibly offer me. I love it, it’s a great opportunity for growth with my career and I meet a lot of influential people; in a sense one would say it is a “God sent”.

Now what was the point of these stories? I am trying to show the strong and positive, or negative, influence karma has on our lives. When you treat people good and as your equal with respect, then the good comes back around in your life. When you choose to treat people with disrespect, unfairly, or less than they are, then it comes back to haunt you in the end.

Treat people with respect, honour them and cherish them, even if they are homeless people dressed in the dirtiest of garments, treat them better than how you would treat yourself.

If someone treats you less than you deserve to be treated there’s no reason to get upset or get revenge, just smile. Karma has a way of taking care of those who think themselves too highly for this world. I have seen it countless times in my life and in the lives of others, and this truth never fails.

This only shows that everyone should do good to others, not only for goodness sake, but for their own.

All the Best.

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  1. Blessed Love to this one and Jah Bless true words indeed

    Lady B Bless

  2. Thanks for reading and appreciating and commenting Lady B

  3. This is so inspiring and uplifting you are doing a great job. keep encouraging our soul god bless