Monthly Archives: November 2017

Is it Karma?

The butterfly effect or Newton’s law (every action has an equal and opposite reaction) is probably the closest scientific explanation for Karma.

Every day, the universe is righting wrongs.

Is is Karma?

First story in my news feed today involved Matt Lauer and got me thinking, once again, about Karma. Reading industry comments that painted Lauer in unfavorable terms, I felt sorry for those around him, when, maybe, I should have felt an ounce of sympathy for the man himself. He hadn’t been proven guilty yet, right?

Having dealt with hostile situations created by men in positions of power … well, I allowed my past to color my opinion. To see this as the Western interpretation of Karma, some cosmic justice system at work: do good and (hopefully) find good. Or the opposite. 

Universal harmony and balance.

Harmony is the supreme potential of balance. Your disharmonious actions flow out into the Universe and back upon you, until your own harmony and balance are restored. — Universal Law of Harmony and Balance

What about ambition and balance?

Seems somewhere along the way, ambition and arrogance did away with harmony and balance. We’ve all heard of cutthroat business situations. Of utter ruthlessness.

No one gains wealth and position without stepping on dead bodies.

Fortunes are made when there is blood in the streets.

Is that ambition? Drive? A centuries-old human condition at odds with our age of advancements?

The opposite side of the coin 

How about this: are we too quick to judge?

I was after reading the Lauer story and commentary. Made up my mind before reading the final word. Felt angry at power abusers. Sorry for the victims. Again. 

Such automatic feelings, however, create another problem. Pushed too far, the pendulum will swing  back and forth until it stops … somewhere.

The middle ground — such coveted territory — let’s hope the pendulum stops and stays there.


Images: pixabay


I don’t know where I’m going, but I promise it won’t be boring. —David Bowie

On this Throwback Thursday, I’ve got passion on my mind, because, well, passion is everything for the creative mind. We spend hours writing down thoughts, strumming chords, playing with colors — name it — in the name of passion.

Looking through archives, I came across the picture above. David Bowie, performing in sailor suit, 1978. Talk about a creative soul. Talk about passion. Talk about love for the arts.

In the school choir, Bowie was told his voice didn’t standout but his teachers did notice he had an artistic soul. At 15, he formed his first band. Success didn’t follow for a long time.

Never deterred, Bowie enrolled in dance classes and continued pursuing his passion for theater and music, which would eventually lead to his immense success.

In an interview, Bowie said success afforded him the privilege of focusing on his many passions: music, dance, painting, photography. Outside of that, fame only helped in getting a better table at a restaurant.

Art, he wrote, was seriously the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way that I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.

Reading about Bowie is reading about passion. About heart. About an insatiable curiosity that must be satisfied through the next layer of discovery, and the next, in ways we arrange words, colors, the pattern of chords. 

Passion. It’s unending. Tormenting. Reassuring. Scary and spectacular.

Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn. — John Wesley