My Name is Earl has to be one of my favorite tv shows. Not only is it hilarious, it has a good message as well.
Earl, the main character, has done a lot of bad things in his life. After winning money on a lottery scratch-off, he gets hit by a car. Somewhere in that scenario, he decides to make his “Karma List”. He’s listed all the bad things he’s done to people and sets out to make them right, improving his karma as well.
I believe in karma. I believe you get what you give. What goes around does tend to come back around. Good or bad.
I always try to do the right thing. I can’t say that I do, that would make me perfect and perfect is one thing that I’m definitely not.
If you give kindness and compassion, you get kindness and compassion in return. If you give hatred and impatience, you get hatred and impatience in return. You probably won’t have many friends either.
Another thing that Earl talks about is how good he feels after crossing something off his list. He enjoys making other people feel better. How many of us try to do something on a regular basis just to make someone feel better?
A few months ago I read a quote by Mother Theresa. She said, “In this life we cannot do great things, we can only do small things with great love.” After I read that, I tried to start doing weekly “Small Things” One week, I bought enough food for a meal for one needy family and put it in our grocery store’s food bank box. And it made me feel good. I’m so blessed to always have enough to have food on my table. Not everyone is. Especially not these days with this economy the way it is.
I did it again this morning when I bought my weekly groceries. I bought enough food to give a needy family a meal. And again, it made me feel good.
It made me stop and think. Maybe karma is more than being nice to people or trying to always do the right thing. Maybe it’s also going out of your way to do something for someone else. Just like Earl does. It’s not easy for him to make amends to everyone on his list.
And it’s not always convenient or easy to do something for someone else. But it is worth it. So, I’m challenging myself to keep trying to do something for someone else. Something that may make life just a little easier for someone else.
After all, we’re all fighting the same battle.