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MILL CREEK STORIES

Do Unto Others
Does karma have a delivery schedule to keep?
By MOLLY DUGGER BRENNAN | Illustration by JOSEPH MACKARETH

I

can remember it like it was yesterday. It was right
after I'd punched my cousin for eating all my
strawberries when I went to get more lemonade.
My Grandma admonishing me to treat others as
well as I wished they'd treat me. It's a variation on
a theme that everyone knows, and few remember
to act upon. My Grandma would be so disappoint-

ed.
Now, if you went out to the tool shed with Grandpa
you'd get a slightly different message. His advice was to
be kind to everyone, but don't turn your back on anyone. His was a more contemporary view of the world,
less romanticized than Grandma, but it still started
with being nice. I guess I should have taken my bowl
of strawberries with me when I refilled my glass. Lesson
learned. Don't trust Becky with fruit.
I have become a big believer in karma, or in "what
goes around comes around." I have seen it happen too
many times to discount it, and not just in movies but

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in real life. The co-worker who angrily fusses at the poor
colleague who has no sick days showing up for work as
being selfish. All that drama when you could have just
doubled down on hand sanitizer. Then the complainant
gets just as sick, if not more so. Karma? Or just an ill colleague licking your computer keyboard when you're out
of your office? I guess we'll never know.
The point is, if you are hateful, selfish or greedy, you
motivate those traits in others. If you're kind, generous and cheerful, you motivate those traits in others.
They become agents of karma, and karma has a delivery
schedule to keep. Can you imagine if we could track karma like we can track orders through shipping software?
I didn't mean to, but I cut off a truck on I-81 the
other day to make my exit. Loud truck horns and finger
puppets followed and my mouthing "sorry" to my rearview mirror did not cut it in the apology department.
What if I could go to a website and search for my karma
package?


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