I have taken surveys, asked everyone what they would like to see at Karma and I am compiling a list of everything and putting it on a calendar! I figure if enough people show up for each event or activity, then I will know it is something valid and I will keep it. Most everything will be free-if there is a fee, it will be on the calendar and not very much. I want these events to be for everyone and most are just "get together" types anyway! So, look for the Calendar spot (it is empty today) and see what you would like to do! A reminder Drew from Deju blue will be playing Saturday from 7-9 and India and Keith will be playing Friday night 7-9. Please come out and support our musicians and Karma, of course!!! Hope to see you all today (or sometime soon!). Hugs,, Lorna Remember, Karma is available for a small fee or free with a meal purchase (from each person of a medium group) for times we are not open. We seat 66 and can handle showers, dinners, group meetings, etc. Just call and book with Lorna (me!!) 919-563-1939. We are closed Sundays and Monday afternoons.
We have been trying to get some people to come out to Karma and help us get some music going. We love music and with everything going on, our search for affordable good entertainers got put on the back burner!! We have had some help-thanks to everyone especially Nikki, who has booked and will book musicians for us. This week we will have Keith and India. We are looking forward to Justin Johnson (Nikki's boyfriend, who is wonderful on guitar!!), Be the Moon (who are great and we can't wait for them to return), Doc Branch, Drew from Deju Blue, and more! Hopefully, we will fill up our weekends and our lives with wonderful music. If you like music and you have a suggestion, let us know. I am hoping Ian will play for us one weekend, but you know teenage boys!!!
Thank you to everyone who came out this past weekend! We had a wonderful surprise- Elliott from Be the Moon came and played for us on Friday night and on Saturday we had The Boys from Carolina. Such a wonderful weekend with such great talent!!! Let's keep it going!!! Hugs to everyone, Lorna
Lately, I have received many kind thank you notes. From a family member who appreciated our kind gestures during the loss of a loved one, the school dance team we held a 10 percent night for, the group we donated dozens of cookies to for a charity event (Breast Cancer-close to our hearts in many ways) and many more. When I have days where the cash register does not meet the expenditures-most, in our new business as we learn and grow-I start to ask myself -WHY? Why did I want to start a business where I was warned little money, if any would ever be made; why do I get up every morning and work until I am exhausted for..no money (yes, there is no salary for the Haralalkas-just bills!!), and so forth and so on Then, I open a letter and I remember! It was not about getting rich (not gonna happen!) or the glory of owning a business (if there is such glory, in this business)-It was about people! Making new friends, having a place to go where everyone is welcome, enjoying the fellowship of all who come in to spend time with us. Yes, who would not like to make money (and hopefully, someday we will make a little) but isn't life about the people we meet and the friends we make along the way? We love our new friends and hope we can continue to grow and always remember why we started Karma. I really do believe doing good rebounds (or I would not have coined it for our logo!!). So, everyone be kind to each other and visit us soon. Hugs, Lorna
Kindness doesn't always have to be spoken, it can be performed in acts that really do not include your standard idea of communication. This week a little negativity in a lot of areas was creeping into my life. I was letting others, whose general dissatisfaction with their lot in life, color my general rosy outlook grey! Then, some kind people and their actions cleared my mind and I am seeing rainbows and sunshine again.
Returning to a restaurant where you had to wait (due to a new found business-yipee!) a while for your food; taking time to make sure that everyone knows how much you enjoyed your dinner-the same one that took longer than giving birth to your first child (and we all know how long that USUALLY takes-I thought my son was going to have to go to college inside my womb), and a leaving a nice tip for the waitress (even though she was so busy your drink refills were few and she forgot your salad) all are unspoken acts of kindness. Such exceptional signs that someone acknowledges the growing pains a new restaurant goes through, and instead of criticizing, shows understanding and even praise for what IS right (not bragging, but we do have great food and we try to always be nice). Just the act of returning alone (especially as so many people did yesterday) after a day when it was hard to find a seat, you had to wait unusually long for your food, etc) shows kindness and acceptance. So, thank you to everyone who arrived on one of our busiest day and showed us such compassion. Everyone was wonderful!!! Not a single person complained, and many wonderful customers were helping each other. It warmed my heart to see people give each other menus from our stack, help clear aways plates (although you all know I never expect you to do that)-all the time laughing and having fun. I felt the Karma was filled with exactly that-good Karma. While I have taken steps to insure we have more waitress and more kitchen staff in the future, I will always remember the day when everyone came together and helped us out and no one complained. They complimented and returned the next day!!! Thanks to all of my Karma friends and customers for reminding me why I do what I do. Your kind word and actions keep me motivated on a day to day basis to insure things at Karma keep improving and that our "Good Karma" keeps circling. Doing good DOES rebound. Hugs to all, Lorna
If you can't say anything nice; don't say it. If you can't help someone; don't hinder them. Don't criticize. If you feel your life is not great; don't try and make someone else's worse. Smile, compliment, cheer up, encourage, praise, help out, lift up!!! Make someone's day better by the things YOU DON'T Do and THE THINGS YOU DO!!! HUGS TO ALL, Lorna