A Good Soak

“Calgon, Take Me Away”

Yes, I take baths -not a lot since the water pressure in our house isn’t what I’d like and it takes forever to fill the tub and then the heat dissipates too quickly, but I digress.  This is about how the ebb and flow of the universe at one moment finds you riding high on the crest and the next minute slammed to the ocean floor being pummeled by those waves.  It’s just a little note (for any who might stumble across it) to provide that little support group punch in the arm that says, “Hey, life throws crap at us all, but you can take a shower and clean it off!”

Heading into the summer, I was surfing, brah!  Some long-standing bills were about to come to an end, we (wife, daughters, and I) joined a pool and the girls joined the swim team, the A/C that we had to charge almost every year hadn’t leaked all out, and one of the girls had been invited to play on a travel soccer team.

About half way through the summer, Wham!, the board disappeared and the waves started pounding us.  The swim team (for those that don’t know) turned out to be a huge money (and time) pit, a traffic ticket (hadn’t had any tickets in the household for ten to fifteen years), the A/C seized up and had to be recharged, orthodontic work for one of the daughters, a plumbing leak had to be fixed and a toilet replaced, the A/C went out again (we’re told we’ll be lucky if it makes it through the fall), the chimney cap looks like a falling limb hit it and needs to be repaired/replaced, child care is going to be about double what it was last year (though we had planned on that)…and that long-standing bill didn’t go away.

Fall seven times, stand up eight – Japanese proverb

Amazing how quick that face-plant happened, but we are dragging ourselves out of the surf, trying to find our board, and scanning the waves.  Standing here soaked and spitting out salt water sucks, but we know it won’t be long before we’re back out on the water, riding the waves.

As long as you can persevere, keep getting back up -that’s what matters.  Don’t let down become a permanent position…or state of mind.  Reach out for help when you need it.  Give help when you can.  It’s all part of the ebb and flow of the universe, the feng shui of the  soul… Karma.

Karmic Rebound… or Did I really buy that much at Christmas that Karma is punishing me by making me fix/replace major appliances, car batteries, etc.???

So, this year, we spent more on Christmas presents for ourselves (immediate family) while still spending about as much as we usually do on others.  Haven’t spent this much on us in a few years.  While we may have indulged a little on ourselves, we also hosted my brother and his family for a few days and an all-day visit from my cousin and his family.  We gave in and attended the family Christmas gathering at my wife’s grandparent’s, which is too small for the amount of people attending, and attended the Christmas Day open house at my grandmother’s house, which is, again, too small for the size of the family.  All this without much, if any, grumbling… openly, anyway.  It’s been a nice Christmas season.

Last night, the washer started sounding like it is in its death throes.  This morning the van wouldn’t start.  And we need to replace the rear brakes on our car so it will pass the state inspection.

I’m not sure what we did to unbalance the universe so much this year, but Karma is being quite the vindictive little minx.  Maybe, hopefully, I’m reading this wrong and this is a Karmic first strike to be followed by the happy happy joy joy returns.

I guess there’s always hope…

It’s not just a coincidence…

originally posted 8/24/2009 10:24 am

Karma. I’m a big believer in it.  Not necessarily the Hindu definition, but more of the Western interpretation of it which can be stated in a couple old adages:  “You reap what you sow” and “What goes around, comes around.”  It’s a universal maxim.  If you do good, good will come back to you.  Not immediately necessarily, but eventually.  If you’re a dirt bag, sooner or later, the cosmos will call you on the carpet and you aren’t going to like the results.  I don’t actively go around thinking about good things to do so that I can get a good return.  I don’t think it really works that way.  I just generally have a positive attitude and help folks when I can.  I’m nowhere near rich, or, at this point, well-off, but I still donate to causes I think are worthy.  If I’m not in a hurry, I’ll usually let a car that’s waiting their turn into the lane of traffic or wave people across the street… little stuff like that.  I’m not in a position to accomplish big things for others, but Karma isn’t necessarily about that.  It’s about doing what you can without expecting something in return.
Here’s an example:  My wife got a call this past Saturday morning offering her the job teaching at the school at which she’d interviewed Friday afternoon.  She got the call for that interview that same Friday morning after the principal of that school had gotten a call from one of her colleagues who was a friend of our neighbor.  Thursday night, my wife had been chatting with our neighbor about her job hunt for a teaching position after she took two tickets to the local theme park to the neighbor.  The neighbors don’t have a lot of money to spend on taking their kids to a theme park and they had asked if they could have “even just one” of the single-day tickets I get as part of my compensation package from the theme park where I have a part-time job.  We don’t spend a lot of time visiting with these neighbors, but we decided to give them two tickets since we hadn’t already promised them to anyone.  We didn’t expect anything in return, but it sure worked out great.  Would my wife have gotten called for this position anyway?  Maybe.  The school is expanding, but my wife is certainly not the only qualified teacher for this position.  Coincidence? I’ll go with Karma.


Sherry Halpin wrote (8/24/2009 2:14 pm):
That’s a great story!!

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