the excitement of game 7 and the bruins bringing home the stanley cup to boston (and by the way, that excitement isn’t about to fade anytime soon) has kept me a little preoccupied this week. yet amongst the wonderful chaos of the win, i’ve discovered just how much the idea of karma came up in my life this week.
mr. timberlake (yes, i am referring to pop sensation justin timberlake… i’m okay with that) hit the nail on the head when he sang “what goes around, goes around, goes around, comes all the way back around.” and most likely you’ll have that song stuck in your head for the next hour, just like me.
good and bad karma most certainly will come back to you, depending on what you dole out. it happened to the canucks who played a dirty playoff series and watched as lord stanley’s cup was handed off to the jubilant giant, zdeno chara, and his counterpart, the epitome of the word “integrity” – tim thomas.
i believe that little things add up to make a big impact. the nuances, the simple gestures… those are what people are ultimately remembered for. i subscribe to the saying:
at least, i try to live up to that. not saying i’m an angel here. small acts are important to share with others, free of expectation of something in return. although in most cases, it comes back to you tenfold. it’s important to say thank you for acts big and small when they are shared with you too. sometimes i feel like saying “thank you” is overlooked, so i try to do it often. recently, i sent a thank you note to a co-worker for all of her help in showing me the ropes as the newbie at work. she called to thank me for saying thank you and then continued to reveal her first impressions of me during the interview process and how she knew i would fit in. i had no idea when i said thanks for something i appreciated that i would hear those kinds of things in return.
coincidentally, the same is happening on the streets of boston as the bruins players tote the cup around in a baby stroller, sharing their victory with the fans and saying thanks to them for their support. who knew that these sports celebrities would walk among bostonians rather than celebrating with their wives and girlfriends?
the thing is, it works both ways – if you give people a hard time, create stress or you’re only concerned with yourself, in time, it will come back to you.
i say, be appreciative. say so. it’s not cheesy to say thanks, lend a hand or do something for someone for no reason. put good out there and you’ll get it back.
and one more time because i can… GO BRUINS!