What I know about karma is you never know when it’s going to come around. In fact, in my opinion if you put expectation on it you thwart the results. What a story I have to tell. But first I have to preface it by telling another story.
There’s this super high-end children’s shoe store on Madison Ave that I’ve been stopping into for over a year getting to know the owner. My hope was that I would eventually be able to display my portraits there. He has an amazing clientele. The obstacle has been that he has a 20 year relationship with another photographer. But I really feel I could serve his clients better so I softly persist in building a trusting relationship with him.
So on to the karma story. On this miserable rainy day I stopped in Kinkos to print a little sign for a display I have in a child boutique, also on Madison Ave. There’s a young mother there with a tiny infant in a papoose. She left her umbrella earlier and came back to get it but it’s gone. Umbrellas are in high demand on this miserable day. So I grabbed an umbrella off the shelf, tore off the tag, handed it to her and told her it was on me. She introduced herself, Katrina, and headed out with her baby. The guy at Kinkos helping me sees this and gives me his employee discount. Karma already in action.
As I’m walking I’m thinking about an idea I offered at a speaking engagement recently about how to get financially unstuck. My suggestion was to do something that made you feel prosperous, no matter how small. Fresh flowers for yourself, a massage or an act of generosity. Something to get out of feeling like you’re in a scarcity loop. The feeling that there isn’t enough. Break the habit of constantly cutting back. Feel prosperous and move forward. My little act of generosity made me feel prosperous.
As I’m lost in my thoughts I look up and I’m in front of the children’s shoe store. The owner is in the window and waves me in. He tells me it’s time. Time for me to set up a display of my work. He offers me tremendous wall space and excitedly accepts several of my brochures.
Now understand all this happened in about 15 mins. Karma in action? I’m going with believing it was.