Word-Of-the-Week #813: Karma

March 3, 2020 by  

Karmawhat goes around comes around.

Do you believe that if you do a good deed for someone that it will come back to you in the form a good deed? Has anyone ever helped you when you truly needed it? Have you ever made a difference in a person’s life because of your help?

My dear friend and sister from a prior life, Susan sent this quote.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”              ― Steve Jobs

Then I found this in my archives from Karla Peterson’s weekly column in the UT, titled “MAKING A DIFFERENCE”, featuring Mark M. Read. She wrote, “He could say that he does it for the karma points, which are considerable. Or because it is the right thing to do, which it is. But the real reason he helps HomeAid San Diego build and renovate homes for the homeless is because he likes it.”

 Mark says, “I do it for my own benefit. I heard a quote once that stuck with me: ‘You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give,’ and that feels right to me. It just feels good to be able to help.” 

He goes on to say, “Before I got involved with this, I really knew nothing about homelessness. I never thought about having a roof over my head or food on the table. But when I saw what HomeAid could do for people, I thought, ‘If I can put deals together that can help this community, I’m all in.'” 

HomeAid builds or remodels group homes and shelters that serve emancipated foster youth, seniors, veterans, and women and children affected by domestic violence and have completed 13 projects.

In response to how much he has given to the homeless, Mark says, “More than anything this makes me appreciate this life I’ve got. There is karma to charity. If you give back to your community, it makes you a better person. I really believe that.” And I believe that too!

This week’s focus is on karma. Do you trust your gut feelings? Do you believe in destiny? Do you have a favorite charity that you are involved in? Do you give money, your time, or both? How many karma points do you have?

 

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