I told myself that I was going to start doing or saying ten really nice things a day in order to get my good karma off-the-charts. (What??? It doesn't matter the motive. As long as those good deeds get done!)
I realized, however, that this isn't necessary. You can't keep track of these things...and I do nice things because doing nice things comes easier to me than being a horrible, miserable, sadistic person. (Not that I've ever met any of those.)
Recently, I was waiting for a train when a young woman walked by and a hat fell out of her bag.
I picked it up and caught-up to her to tell her she dropped her hat. She said, "THANK YOU! This is my FAVORITE HAT!"
That very same day, I was walking behind a young man and a $20 bill came flying-out of his pocket.
(I was wondering if we were on What Would You Do?)
I grabbed the $20 and shouted, "YOU DROPPED THIS!" (He had his iPod on.)
He thanked me and said that he wished the world had more Good Samaritans like me.
I thought that was a very sad comment.
WOULD most people just pocket that money?
A few days after that, it was raining and I was using an umbrella which had seen better days.
The woman in front of me dropped a box of cookies (the GOOD kind of sand cookies...) and I picked it up to get it back to her.
(People drop things a lot in this city, don't they?)
As I was getting-up, my umbrella completely snapped.
The woman apologized profusely, asked me if she could buy me a new umbrella and shared hers with me until we had to separate.
Maybe it was karma.
Or maybe it was just another person being nice...