Do You Believe In Karma?

Do You Believe In Karma?

In a previous post, I wrote about how I am in the process of soliciting corporate sponsors to fund my PBS cooking show.  With that post, I shared a little video about how that is going so far.  If you missed it, here’s a quick summary:  Basically, I left a lot of messages for some potentially helpful people (read: I have a long way to go). As you can probably imagine, making cold calls is not the most encouraging undertaking, so this week, I decided to add another “more indirect” approach.

Do you believe in karma?  I guess that depends on how you define it.  Right now, I’m talking about the basic idea that your actions generate a force, which—in some way, shape, or form—then affects what happens in your life.  I do believe in that.

More specifically, I believe that in order to receive something you want in your life, you must first give it away.  So say you want more love in your life … I believe that you must first be more loving to other people.  Or say that you want to be more appreciated in your life … well, then you must first begin appreciating others.

As applied to what I’m working on right now:  I want support for my cooking-show project.  In order to receive that support, I must first support other people’s projects.

So that’s what I did yesterday, along with my son, Jack, and my brother, Chris.  We decided to support Chef Lloyd, a very good man who cooks for the homeless and hungry at the University United Methodist Church.  I’ve written about Chef Lloyd before.  (If you missed that post, you might want to read it for a little more context.)  Then, if you’d like to follow along (and I hope you will!), here is a short video of our adventure:

Oh, and here’s the really good news: Even if I’m wrong about the whole karma thing?  No matter.  Because even if nothing in particular is caused by our actions (which I find hard to believe), the simple act of giving more love, appreciation, and support to others still makes for a pretty darn good life.

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6 Responses to Do You Believe In Karma?

  1. Brian October 12, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Marie, love it! I’m a friend of Chris’ & just went to a sales seminar this weekend with Dani Johnson. I told Chris about her, but not sure if he told you…she gave me AMAZING prospecting/calling techniques that have worked WONDERS with not only my organization, but with thousands of others. I’d love to chat with you any time—if there’s anything you can glean from her techniques and wisdom (not mine), it may help in your calling. Best of luck to you! I’m glad I get to follow such a genuine and creative person!

    • Marie H. Saba October 12, 2011 at 8:43 am #

      Hey Brian! Thanks so much for the suggestion – I would love to chat! Thanks also for taking time to comment. It sounds like you learned some really useful techniques … would love to hear them. I will get your info from Chris and shoot you and email. My best, Marie

  2. Brian October 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    cool Marie—would love to see your project get off the ground, it’s exciting! In case Chris is M.I.A, email me anytime. I just subscribed, so in case you didn’t get my email, it’s

  3. lynn stein October 14, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I don’t know if karma is so tit-for-tat.
    You can simply be nice and generous on any level, to anyone as a pay it forward karmic down payment. But if one has ANY expectation of karma being some sort of script: i.e. I do this and I will eventually reap that benefit – forget it. Because the underlying intention (of yourself succeeding down the line) corrupts the journey somewhat. Karma is not about social lip service and good deeds. But others also believe what you have done before (i.e. you were horrid two lifetimes ago and now are making up for it) plays out. But whether you believe in ‘karma’ or not and how you define it, it’s a sure bet that bad behaviour will result in bad results and good behaviour will result in neutral or better results (but not necessarily ‘success’). It’s a matter of living with integrity, regardless of outcome.

  4. A Man October 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    It’s a nice concept, kinda like Heaven. I wish it was true.

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