Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Monday, February 15, 2010


I have been thinking a lot about Karma. There are people in my life or who were in my life who seem to have bad luck and/or good luck. I don't want to get into the details of these people's lives but it has made me wonder about Karma. You always hear "Karma it's a b**ch!", as stated on that poster in this blog. I mean is it as simple as "what comes aorund goes around," so I looked up Karma on the web and got a definition.

the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation

Karma is a concept in Hinduism which explains causality through a system where beneficial effects are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful effects from past harmful actions, creating a system of actions and reactions throughout a person's reincarnated lives.

I do think that we need to treat others as we want to be treated and if we do then it we get that payback in a good way from some other person. I am trying to live my life in a more positive way. I was and still can be a negative person. I can look at the flaws instead of looking for the good in person or situation.

I am not sure if there is such a thing as Karma, but I do believe we can make our own luck by how we treat others. I am in no way prefect at this, but I do try. Last week, as I sat at the CVS pharmacy at 6:30pm waiting for a prescription, that I had called in, but was not filled on time....I had a choice. I could be mad or take the time to just wait and realize it was an honest mistake. They were crazy busy and after about 20 min I asked if it was ready....the phramacist said yes, so I waited in line again and got it. The young man behind the counter knows me well and said "you didn't have to wait again. I'm sorry I didn't call you forward for this, its been here ready." My response was, "don't sweat it. there are bigger things for me to be upset about." I think he was shocked. I am sure someone gets in his face on a daily basis at this busy pharmacy. While I had been waiting though, I had seen at least one act of kindness. An older woman was sitting by me right near the line and stood up to get in line. She was sitting to rest, and as she stood she said "oh, am I cutting in front of you," to a woman in line. The woman said, "oh no, you are fine, go ahead, I saw you come in before me." This made me smile. People being kind. I hope later in the evening or the next day that someone returned a kindness to this woman who let someone in line ahead of her. Seeing all of this made it easier for me to wait and not be upset that things hadn't gone as I wanted them too!

As I go through my day, I remember to not sweat the small stuff and to BREATHE. If that is karma, then so be it, but maybe it is just that kindergarten rule we all learned...."treat others as we want to be treated."

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