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This week, I performed a little unplanned, uncontrolled experiment in the effectiveness of Karma. Saturday I was finishing shopping at the local Target with my little girl and wanted to get a cup of coffee at the in-store Starbucks before heading off. I stood in line for a good ten minutes while the woman behind the counter worked on the first customer’s order (while continuously bemoaning how she just got there and was working by herself).

As I stood there waiting, a young girl (late teens, early twenties and several tattoos) tried to cut in front of me in line. I do not know if she was clueless (I was kind of at the side with a cart) or rude or just felt entitled / spoiled. However, I really wanted that cup of coffee (just plain black, nothing fancy). So when it came my / our turn, I made theconsciousdecision that I was not going to let her cut in front of me. I remember thinking “OK Universe, let’s see if that was right decision or not”. You never know. I could be helping teach her a lesson in life (pay attention and do not cut in line for coffee in front of grumpy men). Or I could have just let it go, and enjoyed some time chatting with my little girl and ignored the whole situation. I went for the coffee.
Out in the parking lot, as I was unloading my 4 year old and all the stuff, the cart rolled down hill and smacked into the side of my van, leaving a mark. Great! Of course it wasstrictlya coincidence but one has to wonder.
So Tuesday, I was headed home with lots of time. It was a nice day out and traffic was terrible. However, I was not in a hurry and was winding down from work At three different points, I was nice and let people on side streets out into the traffic stream. With the volume of traffic, they would not get out without causing a serious situation. Then I stopped off at the local Wal-Mart for a couple items and got stuck into it myself. Traffic was queuing up at the signal and I was the one coming in from the side street. I was not in a hurry so I just sat back to wait. I knew the traffic would flush out when the signal changed and I should be able to get out at the end of the line. But when the light changed and traffic started flowing, the person upstream flashed his lights and let me into the traffic. I was very surprised and did not hesitate to go!
That night, I got thinking of these two situations and how things all balance out in life. Maybe next time I will enjoy my time with my daughter while just standing in line and not worry so much about rude / clueless teens.

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