Social Media Karma

What is the Karmic Wheel? Alas, the Examiner is no more, but the Karmic wheel keeps spinning anyway.

I was once contacted by a friend, Phil Butler, to write an article for the Examiner.

Representation of a soul undergoing punarjanma... Karmic Wheel

Representation of a soul undergoing punarjanma. Illustration from Hinduism Today, 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, Phil and I had known each other for a few years. We met through LinkedIn.

We have never actually seen each other, in person. He’s not even on the same continent as I am. Yet I wrote the article all the same. It was on an article called Food Addictions and Treatments.

Now, did I expect fame and fortune from all this?

Well, I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be nice. But do I honestly think that empires will rise and fall based upon my one little article?

Of course not.

Karmic Wheel Spinning

But I think it illustrates the point I have made about collaboration. That is, sometimes you just up and do something for someone. And you do it because you just, well, want to do something for someone.

So that ends up a reward unto itself, is it not?

I think the article is the kind of thing that people have got to write about. And it continues to shock me that other writers wouldn’t touch the subject matter with a ten-foot pole, as if it would give them cooties to talk about addiction. As if being at all sympathetic with people who are ill would, somehow, mean they were condoning those lifestyle choices or admitting that they, too, were imperfect.

Hey, I will shout it from the rooftops – I’m imperfect!

And if I’m not mistaken, the sky did not just come crashing down.

Go forth, and I hope you’ll collaborate, and do things for others. And the karmic wheel will turn for you, too.

4 Responses

  1. I think people would wonder why there are no more posts, or why the posts have changed. And for you (and others like you), the mourning, I imagine, is compounded by having to explain a few times what’s going on. I really don’t know what the answer is there. I also have little doubt that the vast majority of people would be sympathetic, and many have had the same losses. I belong to a Boston Terriers group on Facebook. I have owned dogs, but never a BT; I just like them and perhaps I’ll have one someday. But in the meantime, I see posts about dogs who are no more. And it saddens me as if I were in that person’s living room. I hope that the things I say to people can be of comfort to them. Certainly,that’s my intention. Sigh. I wish I knew the answer to this one.

  2. Even if subjects are uncomfortable, they still need to be covered. I’m still debating about whether I should write about what to do when your pet who’s popular on social media passes away. NO one has said a word about it. And I’ve experience it and had to make some decisions.

  3. Thanks! I just think it’s so silly when people don’t write about something. It just struck me as self-righteous and wrong.

  4. Good for you! Agree… sometimes you just do something BECAUSE! It’s hard to write about the tough topics, but those who do bring education, blessings, and GOOD KARMA where needed.