Sound like a movie right… well if that is true I should of won an Academy Award for my portrayal of a woman down on her luck who keeps trying to rise to the occasion but gets foiled again and again…Karma and me need to have a serious talk. You see, we have never gotten along very well as Karma keeps slapping me with fines that I don’t know if I will ever be able to repay. Let’s just say it’s a temperamental mistress one day you do something good and everything is right with the universe then the next day you do something Karma doesn’t like and it’s all over you constantly reminding you of what you did wrong so you can fix it. Trust me I am living proof that Karma exists you just have to see the signs that are around you. So don’t say I didn’t warn you, trust me, Karma and I are starting to understand each other and I do not want to screw it up too badly because the dark side of Karma is not the happiest place on Earth but neither is Disneyland anymore.
On with the show…as people find their seats and settle, the lights fade, cue the music and open the curtain…the story begins with a baby being born to loving parents. The drive home is long as we cut to a tent in a field where a family of six sleeps,eats and plays as the father works as hard as he can to provide. The parents take the child to the doctor to find her legs are uneven as she limps down the hallway needing to have surgery…her age unknown. The girl now, 7, rides in a car on a long trip to a place she cannot remember to find a new and better life. Days of playing in her room with her sisters laughing and building forts is long gone as the darkness engulfs the house no light to be found anywhere. The child learns to deal with not what she wants but what she needs as water and power are not available to her nor food at times as her parents must ask for assistance to feed their children…the child not aware. The only memories the child has is of Dracula and Frankenstein being read by lamp to the family. Who are the real monsters she asks? The family struggles but love endures as memories surface that even those closest to you can betray you so deeply it cuts like a knife. When will it be better she asks? She Steals from her parents, isolates herself, and question why me? She will carry her burden with her for many years trying to understand and never fully understanding why she is so angry.
Not until she is fully grown does she begin to understand her past and embrace the future. She tries to hold fast to the good times of stories, and forts, and laughter trying to forget the tent, and the sleepless nights in cars, and the scary men who operate in the shadows. Embracing the light is all she has as she begins to realize that life is no different for her than the next person. Her soul begins to age as wisdom and compassion light the way removing the dark cloud that plagues her since childhood. She makes her home in a temporary dwelling away from her problems with the hope to start over. Like vultures, her problems seem to wait for the perfect moment to strike down the perfect life she has built. When her problems seem insurmountable, one dark night while coming back to the place that holds so much pain a light turns on. Entering the dwelling, she hears the familiar sound of laughter and smells of meals past. She’s finally found a home. The home itself dated and old means more to her than her family will ever know. For her it represents a lifetime of waiting for Karma to catch up to her.
She tries to live her life the best she can with minor relapses of anger towards the world and wondering when life will start. Through the twists and turns of her twenties, she asks when will it be my time? She meets a variety of character and works to be a better person. As she observes the world around her she realizes that through it all no man’s an island and finds that her reward is life. Her time is now. She can chose life or death. She grasps at life with both hands realizing happiness is not a universal definition of luxury and status but defined according to the individual. As a new decade of her life begins, she pays tribute to the past and embraces the future with heart and mind wide open to the possibilities not just for herself but for the world. She sees herself not as a poor man, even though by most standard she would be consider such, but as an individual writing her own story and guiding principles that will carry her well into old age if she is lucky to be granted the opportunity to live. If she could speak to her younger self, she would come to the conclusion that as much as life is messy and unpredictable in nature we are all given the chance or opportunity to live and to truly live is to acknowledge the bad and cherish the good in order to created the future she wants.
As the world implodes and darkness prevails…she holds on to the hope that her light can reach the darkest corners of the world. Whether she fails or succeeds is not the point, the point here is that she never gave up on hope. Even though life has not been easy and failure seems overwhelming at time, she takes each day as a blessing stepping out of the darkness in hope she might finally see the light. Not only does hope drive her to change her circumstances, but being a representative for the child she remembers long ago who dreamt such impossible dreams and beared such unbearable sorrows. She greets each day with laughter, humility, grace, and wisdom as she embarks on her journey not knowing her destination leaving behind the child she once was but never forgetting nor regretting her past. The screen fades to black as the lights illuminate the darkness.
So it’s the end of the movie and I am sure you are expecting me to ride off into the sunset or take my lonely walk down the street with some sort of monologue saying that life is beautiful and all my problems have been magically solved. Sorry folks I cannot write that ending because guess what… come a little closer… it does not exist life is not a fairy tale (but let your kids figure that one out on their own especially if they are young). Life is messy and complicated with many speed bumps and obstacles in the road or mountains as I have encountered in my young life.
But I will leave you with one of my favorite Shakespeare quote from As You Like It (Act II, Scene VII) that I think is Oscar worthy:
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts.”
THE END…or is it?
The great act which is life is meant to be played out by all of humanity in which we all take our place in the world. There are many lessons to be learned in life and not everyone will be afforded the opportunity or be lucky enough to achieve the same success as others. The secret to success in life, love and happiness is to approach each day with an open heart and an open mind to everyone no matter how different they are or how different their views are from yours. This is what makes the world an interesting, scary, and amazing place to live. If you do something that you know is wrong or fail to realize is wrong, don’t worry karma has a way of reminding you two minutes after or years later. By no means is anyone perfect, but recognizing and taking responsibility for your actions is the first step toward peace with yourself and the world around you.
SO BE WARNED PEOPLE: (Taken 2008 best movie about retribution)
…ring…ring…girl answers phone…hello…she hears breathing then nothing then a voice (Liam Neeson sounding fellow for dramatic effect of course)…
“I know who you are. I know what you want. If you are looking for me, I can tell you I can’t give you everything. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you fix your mistakes now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you , I will not pursue you. If you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will remind you…”
…you know Karma really is a bi…oh sorry kids in the room. Well to make sure it all sinks in here are some karma quotes to apply to your own life:
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”-Wayne Dyer
“Again, 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
“Whether or not we believe in survival of consciousness after death, reincarnation, and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior.”-Stanislav Grof
“But life inevitably throws us curve balls, unexpected circumstances that remind us to expect the unexpected. I’ve come to understand these curve balls are the beautiful unfolding of both karma and current.”-Carre Otis
“Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.”― Daisaku Ikeda
“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”― Confucius
“Life is painful. It has thorns, like the stem of a rose. Culture and art are the roses that bloom on the stem. The flower is yourself, your humanity. Art is the liberation of the humanity inside yourself.”― Daisaku Ikeda
“The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time.”― Ben Okri
“Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion.”― Dalai Lama XIV