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Karma: Friend or Foe?

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Sorry for the lack of posting.  We’ve been in the middle of unpacking and had a few hiccups this week.  Plus I’ve been watching My Name Is Earl on Netflix, and am enjoying it immensely! Karma is something I’ve always believe in, maybe not on a grand design scale, but more in day to day living.  I still think bad things happen to good people, but I also believe that we get as good as we get. So what’s up with Karma?

Karma Round One

Recently at work, I was written up.  I’ll spare the details, but let’s just say it was my own stupidity and laziness.  It was a smack in the face, and I’m doing my best to correct it.  To be honest, I am still a bit nervous, and worry about my performance and improvements not being enough.  Though a friend of mine made a good point: The system is designed to make you nervous and feel horrible! I felt like a dog with its tail between its legs.  Which I think is a good thing, because it makes me realize that there is area for improvement, and I need to be focused on that.  I think most of this has been brought on by being burnt out.

Let me just say that I don’t hate my job.  It’s a great job. I had just let myself slide, despite warnings by my boss. Being a procrastinator by nature, I kept pushing it back and “coasting” through.  Now, Karma seems to have caught up with me and said “You can’t coast anymore!”  Message received loud and clear.

Karma strikes again!

Karma, it seems has chosen other ways to kick me in the butt and make sure I’m paying attention.  I have been a big advocate of emergency funds.  I don’t really know how people live without them.  Our emergency fund was dwindled due to the fact we moved and hired movers to do the work.  We had to pay a prorated amount for rent, and also had to pay the movers.  This wiped our emergency fund down to virtually empty.  This should have been ok as we have $150 automatically set aside each paycheck to fund that emergency fund.  I figured after a few months we’d be back on our feet with it.

Thursday morning we were driving from our new place to our old place to finish some cleaning and grabbing that last few items we had left.  On the middle of the interstate was a very large rock standing straight up.  The problem was, it didn’t look like a rock, until we were virtually on top of it.  The damage done was luckily minimal (all things considered), and no one was injured.  It took out the oil pan and a few things related, but that was all.  It turns out this rock, was a piece of concrete from the bridge overpass that the state department of transportation was supposed to have repaired.  What does this have to do with karma?  No emergency fund meant we have had to dip into our money set aside for our trip to England to cover the costs.  Mind you, it isn’t bad, but it’s still a bit of a let down.  Now, the emergency fund we’re working to build is going to be strictly that!  Only used for emergencies!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been really looking at how karma (or whatever you choose to call it) has played a role.  I can definitely see various cause and effect situations that have come through.  While I haven’t made a list of things to correct, I have been striving to keep a watchful eye out.  I don’t think we can avoid karma, but I’m sure we can keep the negative responses to a minimum!

Written by Jas

May 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm

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