We all know about Karma.
Karma is that faith in knowing that what goes around eventually comes back around in some way to show you the error of your ways if they’re bad, or to give back something good if you’re putting love out into the world. It’s cause and effect.
Karma can not be rushed, it happens in an organic and timely manner and you might not always get to see or feel the results, but they are there. Karma means you can rest. You don’t have to fight or worry or seek because Karma will make sure that whatever you have coming to you will reach it’s destination.
There’s also a little something I like to call Instant Karma. This is Karma that comes back around quickly and if you are the tiniest bit self-aware you’ll feel it when it happens to you. If you aren’t self-aware then there’s probably going to be a much bigger karmic explosion in your life later on.
I love the Instant Karma, even when it’s painful, because it gives me the opportunity to grow and expand my consciousness that much quicker. It gives me a growth spurt that I ordinarily wouldn’t have gotten.
A friend that I absolutely adore doesn’t always agree with my dogma or my politics, but he is a fun loving and easygoing person and I want him as a friend in my life for a long time. I didn’t like something he shared on my social media one day and decided that he and I were better friends outside of social media and I deleted his comment. I told him we just did not agree on that subject and should move on.
Not even a week later a different friend posted a picture of this beautiful and endangered animal claiming he had killed it because it was eating his livestock. I refrained from commenting knowing it would be met with a lot of resistance.
A few days passed and he posted that he was sure of his place in heaven because he was a Christian and believed in Jesus. His post ended with, “Are you?” Now people, don’t go asking questions like that if you aren’t prepared to back it up. So I asked, “Do you think that animal you killed was a Christian?” and he replied, “Doubtful.” So I asked, “Didn’t you break one of the Ten Commandments when you killed him?” From there the conversation went downhill, though it remained respectful, but the friend deleted every one of my comments and his responses.
I was disappointed so I privately asked him why he did this and he told me that his friends were complaining that I had deterred from the point he was trying to make about being a Christian and all, and my questions had nothing to do with what he was saying. So I told him it sounded to me like it was his way or nothing at all and he replied that I seemed intelligent enough and should probably seek out a Baptist church to attend in my local area. I stopped responding after that and deleted him right away. The dismissive hostility was palpable and did not feel very “Christian” to me at all.
He took it one step further later that day and blocked me.
It was that moment I felt the Instant Karma. It hit me square in the face like a water balloon and drenched me with chills all the way down to my bones. While I am not a religious zealot acting out in hypocritical ways, I had ridden this same wavelength not more than days before and it was a clear and porous as the nose on my face. Instant Karma came roaring back around that corner and it was meaner and more spiteful than anyone could have imagined it would need to be.
“Instant Karma’s gonna get you
Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers
Ev’ryone you meet
Why in the world are we here
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there
When you’re ev’rywhere
Come and get your share”
What I thought was a kind and loving way to avoid anything getting messy with a dear friend ended up coming back to me as dismissive, condescending and hateful from someone that doesn’t give a shit about hurting me.
A reality check.
A wake-up call.
I am wrong on a regular basis. I can admit I’m a flawed human being. But I am also trying to live my life without judging. I seek growth and enlightenment and crave those lighted corners where the answers hide. I’m not interested in continually twisting people’s words and actions in order to feel superior and to bend perception. What do you learn when you waste your time doing that? You learn nothing and in fact, you become rotten inside.
When Instant Karma happens I am present and accounted for because I am not so old and bitter and arrogant that I have to belittle and judge and make the low blows in order to be right or to feel like I matter to someone.
I want to continue to break free of the restraints of toxic individuals that will never admit they are wrong for making your voice insignificant when the opportunity presented itself for them to be the bigger person.
Know your worth.
Take no shit.
Listen when Instant Karma comes calling.
“Don’t surround yourself with yourself
Move on back two squares
Send an instant karma to me
Initial it with loving care”