Thursday, January 10, 2013

Karma, Baby

Day 334
The boys and I have spent the last week talking about karma.

The talks come after I lose my driver’s license.  I’d tucked the license into my back pocket under the misguided impression that I might get carded at the Cyclones game.  I never was.  Not even a pity card.  (Honestly, that hurt more than losing the license.) 

When I realize it’s gone, I boldly announce to my family that instead of replacing it I plan to wait and see if a nice stranger finds it and returns it.

“It’s pretty easy to get a new one,” says Chaz, my man of little faith. 

“I’m optimistic,” I smile back.  

Instead of focusing on my lost license, the boys and I concentrate our efforts on being kind. We talk about unbroken circles, how kindness begets kindness, how simple kindnesses freely given bolster someone else to pay it forward.   

“Like if you do nice stuff to other people, they will do nice stuff, too,” A. explains.

The discussions come during a week that NPR releases results from a new study on kindness.  Canadian scientists working with fourth and fifth grade students report that kids who find opportunities to be intentionally kind to others are more likely to be accepted by their peers. 

This may seem like a no-brainer; Kids want to be around kids who are nice to them.  Scientists argue it’s more than that.  They hypothesis intentional kindness lowers instances of bullying and increases self-confidence and self-esteem. 

Put another tally in the kindness column.  Kindness wins again.        

Six days after losing my license, I receive a phone call telling me a stranger has left my license at the US Bank Arena security office for me to pick up. 

“Boys,” I say, slipping my license back into the protective plastic of my wallet.  “That is what you call karma.”  


  1. What a great story! I saw that story as well and immediately bookmarked it. We talk all the time about how kindness can make a big impact in the world. - or maybe in just one person's world. So glad I found your site!

    1. Thanks for visiting! I keep telling the boys that little acts can make a difference.

  2. My co-worker and I were just talking about how we still believe that people are fundamentally good. My mother recently left her purse at an Arby's in Kentucky. We didn't realize it for two hours. When we called, sure enough, it had been turned in. Nothing was missing. It made us feel good to know that there are honest people in the world, and that we weren't jaded enough to be surprised by that.

    1. That's wonderful that your mother's purse was turned in! I tell the boys that 99-percent of all people you meet are good and you can't change the other one percent so just give them some space.