JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Good Karma

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There’s so many references to “Karma” nowadays.  Perhaps it’s become a bit trendy even.  I’m kind of okay with that.

I also realize that in proper definition of the term, it has more to do with your present deeds effecting your future incarnations.  (Which is also a good thing.)  BUT, I do believe whole-heartedly that if you put good into the world, it comes back to you.  I’ve already referenced how strongly I feel about that in other posts.

I don’t want to make this about religion or God or anything.  I do believe in God, but I’m not a church-goer.  And I’ll never push my beliefs on anyone else.  You can believe whatever your little heart desires.  That’s your life, and mine is mine.  I also believe that my late grandfather is my guardian angel.  I can tell you that too much has happened in my life to prove it’s true, so for me it IS truth.  (But again, you don’t have to believe that.)  So maybe some of the good stuff that happens to me is him helping me out from the other side.

Anyway, moving on…

Time and time again, when I’ve been in need, good things have happened to help me out.  Just lucky?  Nah.  I like to think a lot of that has to do with the choices I make when it comes to walking the good path or the bad path.  I’m not talking some extreme self-righteous crap here, I’m talking genuinely being good to the world and its creatures.  Helping others when you can.  Greeting someone in a bad mood with a smile, because maybe they really need it right now.  Always being there for your friends.  Never intentionally trying to hurt other people.  Treating all of this world’s inhabitants with respect.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had enough bad stuff in my past to account for a dozen lifetimes – things I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.  So it’s not like my life has always been all sunshine and light.   But I have the choice today and every day to do good behavior or to choose negative behavior.  Sometimes doing good isn’t the easiest choice.  If someone is mean or rude to you, it’s tempting to want to be horrible back to them.  I think the better option is to walk away and remove oneself from the negativity of that other person vs. acting out in the same manner as them.  And sometimes we can’t get away, and taking the high road is the only course.  Yeah, it’s not always your life’s most enjoyable moment, but that action will come back to you in a very good way.  By choosing to be the better person even in a really tough situation, you are making your own life better.

People who are negative and put bad into the world will also get that back.  I really try not to hope for bad things to happen to anyone – I’ll let the universe handle that.  I’ll let those people wallow in their own poor karma.  Crazy bitch from last summer?   (Sorry, no details, but she knows who she is.)  I would not intentionally hurt that person despite what she did and tried to do.  But I’ll let Karma deal with that. (My good karma took that mess and did the exact opposite of what she wanted to accomplish.)   Who knows, maybe some of those bad people can actually learn and grow and become better human beings.  The horrible monster of a person from far back in my past?  I try not to think about him – with every ounce of effort in my body.  I hope that either Karma takes care of that, or that he’s made the choice to work to be a better person.  (Regardless, I don’t want to even know.  It’s too negative of a place for me to go mentally and always will be.  So I choose to try not to think about that.)  Thinking that way is my choice.  A choice I make every day.  Some days are easier than others.

Again, taking the high road is usually not the easiest way.  It’s not always the most fun.  But truly, it’s the way that will ultimately make your life one of happiness, joy, and love.  I have those things in my life – and I want to keep them – so I will be the best person I can be.  Always.

Remember every time you come across someone, that they are a soul that is going through challenges and trials.  Be something positive in their lives.  Be something good.  Choose the good.  Choose the positive.  Karma.


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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