karma 2

I love when my Kindergarteners say things that make my day!!  Sometimes they just say things that make me smile, other times they really make me think.  Today, one of them asked me if I knew what “karma” meant.  I asked him the question right back, and he said, “it means what you do to others will go back to you”.  Right then, I knew I had tonight’s blog.  The first thing I did when I got home was Google, “can Karma be good”, because I always think of it as negative, (what goes around, comes around).  I found this insightful list from by The Dalai Lama: It is titled, “20- Ways to Get Good Karma”

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s:
    –  Respect for self,
    –  Respect for others and
    –  Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
    think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
  20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.


It’s not all negative.  Giving out positivity, can bring back positive Karma.  I try to be positive at work as much as possible and I make sure that my students know how much I care about them.  We talk about respect and doing the right thing.  For 165 days of school I have stressed this and today, we were filling out an end of the year booklet.  One of the questions was, “What is one thing you learned from your teacher this year?”  A bunch of them had the same answer, “Be Nice”.  I guess my Karma has really proven, “what goes around, comes around” and it is extremely positive!

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