If anyone is unaware of it by now, our motto is "Doing Good Rebounds"-to me, Karma! If you do something good in life, it will come back to you. Maybe not in a material way, but certainly in a way that will enrich your life. Christmas is a time for giving and thinking of others. Many people have needs that we can help meet-material needs are often evident in those lacking in funds to provide life's necessities. In addition, there are many people who are lonely, hurting or just in need of someone to lend a friendly ear or hand from time to time. Let us all do what we can, not only now, but all year. In doing so, we will make our lives richer and it will come back to us tenfold. I don't care what anyone says-we can never begin Christmas to early!! I am starting to look for ways to enrich my life this season and challenge you to do the same. Let's be the givers of kindness in every way we can. Hugs, Lorna
It is time to recognize all those people who have worked so hard to keep our country safe and free. Words that hit home to me from our National Anthem are: "home of the brave" and "land of the free". We are so blessed to have our military men and women, past and present. Please stop and take time to let all these fine people know how much they mean to us and appreciate their sacrifices to keep us safe. We at Karma will be doing something special for our veterans and current service people. It will be posted on face book (I am having trouble with this blog posting).
Cider simmering, cocoa along the way (yes, it was cold back home in NY in October), bags filled with candy and homemade goodies (safe, in our small community back in the 1960's), laughing with friends, hearing the crunch of leaves under our feet (and, at times, the falling of snow on our faces)-my memories of Halloween. Checking out everyone's costume, (those we had not seen at the school parade) and wishing I had a homemade one instead of a plastic mask and outfit (my mother was never creative, nor did she sew) and being happy, but a little envious of those who had wonderfully designed by mom costumes. Going home dead tired, to face another day of school in the morning; yet excited to pour all my candy from my bag and trade with my younger (and unsuspecting) sister for the "better candy". Great memories, and I hope my children and grandchildren will look back at Halloween and feel the same way (minus the plastic costumes-they have stories of their own of their mother's strange costume designs, lol). This is a day to feel young and enjoy the spirit of Halloween-have a wonderful day!!
These are the words from one of my favorite songs we sang in choir when my children were younger. It is how I feel about the last week at Karma. We are so grateful for all the patience, as we are growing busier; the kind words complimenting our food; and the friendship of so many Karma Friends. I love cooking for people who appreciate our kind of food. I am so pleased that we have grown so busy and made so many new Karma Friends! I will keep cooking, sharing and enjoying each day at Karma. Thank you to all who make me want to come and cook for you at Karma (and talk, you know I love to visit with you!). Hugs, Lorna
We at Karma have more than just sandwiches! We are expanding all the time with specials for everyone! This week our specials included Quiches, Vegetable Lasagna, Macaroni and Cheese and an assortment of soups. Gluten Free items are always available. We are so much more than a sandwich shop and will continue to add new specials and other items often. Don't forget our wonderful salads with home made dressings. Let us know what you want to eat-we will make it happen!!!
Lately, with the unrest in St Louis and things in general going on around the county, I have heard many comments about race. On the news, on the internet, and in person, lately it seems a big discussion. Everyone thinks they are correct in their perspective of why we have race issues. Each race seems to blame the other and nothing constructive ever is achieved. Through the years, I have noticed that each race tends to support their own; right or wrong. I wish we could all realize we are all brothers and sisters! It doesn't matter what your color is on the outside, your soul-all the components inside you that make up the person you are, is what defines you. There would not be such a huge division if we would just think of each other as people and not as "white people", "black people", "brown people", etc. If we could just all embrace each other for the soul of the person and not the outward "shell". If people could not keep saying repeatedly, "that black person over there", "that white person standing here" and just say "that person"! Why should people always need to be described by color?
If you start thinking less about the color of a person and just think of them as a person, soon it becomes easier to let go of stereotypes and become one. My children were raised to be color blind-we are a color blended family, if you will. My husband is Indian and I am very pale. We have two light skinned children and two that are, if you must, of color. We never described people by their color and we never thought anyone was different. We all have friends of many races and I think how sad it would be if we had limited our friends to just one race. I was at a coffee group one day, when one of the woman there said, " I am not racist, but I do think everyone should marry their own kind". News flash-YOU are racist and who should my child, for example, marry? Should they seek out prospective spouses that are half Indian and half white? My children have always been encouraged to date and be friends with good people- no mention of color, because that should not matter. My children have friends of all races and date people of all race-a person is not a color!!! Angie was about 12 and went to her friend Margo's birthday party. The children played hide and seek and while looking for Angie, the other girls called out "has anyone found the white girl yet?" Angie relayed the story to me, telling me Margo shouted at the others "Her name is Angie. Don't call her white girl!". Angie was telling me because it was a good lesson for her-she didn't like being called "white girl" and realized her friends did not like being called "black girls". Angie told me (at 12!) people are people not colors"-exactly! Even children can figure this out, why can't so many adults?
I am sad to see all that is going on in the world, due to differences in the color of skin, religion and just differences in people in general. It is sad that in this day and time this continues to be an issue. If we all took the time to get to know each other and not use glib generalizations, stereotypes and "colorizing" people, this world would be so much better.
In getting back to my title-"The Color of a Soul"-my theory is that you color your own soul. We all start with a clear one and what you add to it is up to you. Acts of kindness, good deeds, and generosity towards others keeps it clear. Each act of cruelty, selfishness, or any behavior that is destructive to others makes it murkier (like green slime in a pond). So, I believe that no matter what color your skin is, we all start with the color soul (and your soul is what really matters-not you skin!). How you color your soul is up to you.
My challenge for everyone is to look at people as though you are colorblind. When mentioning a person think of a different way to define him/her. How about, "the person with the smile that lights up the room", "the girl with the beautiful green shirt" or "the boy with the cute dimples and braces". Try it-I know you can do it-my children have all their lives (and if you can't do it, I will get Angie after you, lol. She is going to be one awesome lawyer!!).
There are two things a person will remember for a long time: an act of kindness or an act of cruelty. It is the footprint you will leave on the heart of another person. I believe that "always do good" should be tattooed to our hearts. Along with this should be included: "Before you say or do something that may hurt or make another soul feel unhappy, think twice". It is easier to have never done or said something hurtful than it is to take it back. As a young single mother of two small children, I found keeping a roof over our heads, food on the table and basic necessities hard; even though I worked full time. I still recall the day my children asked me for a small Easter candy at the checkout counter of the local grocery store and I had to reply,"I am sorry, mommy just doesn't have any more money". Thankfully, my children were very good for such small tikes and replied, "It's okay, mommy". After I paid for my groceries, the clerk handed me the two candy eggs the children had asked for and told me the man in front of me had bought them for my children! Before I could thank him, he was out the door, but he did turn and I waved my thanks. That was almost 30 years ago; yet I still remember it-it meant so much to my little children and I was so thankful for the man who made a young, not very well to do, mother's day a little brighter. I also remember during the same time, calling my landlord and asking if I could have an extension on my rent. It would only be for a couple of days and I could not afford to pay the late fee. He said, "absolutely not" and when I had to pay late, I included the fee and he raised my rent! Though, he has been dead a long time, I frequently think of his unkindness and greediness.
In life, every day we have a new chance to impact peoples' lives in one way or the other. I often recall all the times someone has taken the time in my life to be kind to me and try to "pay it forward". Recently, my friend Roosevelt told me about being at the pharmacy behind an elderly woman who could not pay for her prescription. He told the pharmacist to fill it and he paid for it (I love you, Roosevelt). He said doing this for the woman made him feel good for a long time! I know Roosevelt is right-every time we do good for someone else, it comes back to us in one way or another. It is a good feeling to know you can help someone. The way you impact someone else's life, good or bad, leaves a footprint on yours. I always told my children, "always be kind", "what you say will be remembered" and "by hurting someone else, you are hurting yourself". We can leave behind a legacy of kindness or one of cruelness, we all have the option. I would like to think that I took the time to help someone; would leave them with a smile not a frown; the words leaving my mouth would be filled with kindness, not cruelty; and that the footprints I leave behind will be those of hope, not despair. My challenge to everyone today is to think before you act and act with your heart. We all need a little sunshine in our lives right now. Hugs, Lorna
Friday I was really upset about something going on downtown. A group I no longer belong to was having a festival and decided to put the only outdoor approved cooking tent right next to me. I questioned this, but because Mebane has no restrictions on outside food vender locations, there was not a thing I could do about it. Saturday, I was even more upset-for a second year in a row, I had offered my parking lot to the VFW. If you are not familiar with the VFW (which stands for Veterans of Foreign War-which is self describing), they raise money to help others-generally Veterans in need. Mebane's branch does this by selling peanuts (come in Karma and buy some). Well, someone from this local group decided to be rude and noisy and ask the Vets why they were in my parking lot during "their" festival! So, you can all guess why I no longer belong to this group!! However, wait until I tell you how things turned out!
The first issue-food people cooking near Karma. I went over and talked to the gentlemen cooking next to our building and they could not have been nicer! A father and a son who put their heart into their food. Larry (the son) had been up since 4 getting all the food ready and believe me, it looked wonderful! He fully understood and agreed they should not have placed him right beside a restaurant. Despite a lot of adversity (his tent blowing away in a strong wind, flooding at times, and one of the woman affiliated with the downtown organization being rude to him) he cooked up a great feast and had a great day. He shared some of his corn with me and I shared my parking lot with him. I got to make a new friend and we both had a great day! That was the first blessing!
The second blessing was for the VFW. The woman who had been rude and intrusive, apparently realized that she should not have treated some of our veterans in a disrespectful way and returned to apologize. She also allowed them to move into the road so they could be more easily seen. They had a wonderful day and sold a boat load of peanuts!!
What happened at Karma-Karma!!! We shared with all the venders, even thought this was not our event and they shared with us!! While I do not condone how the organization handled things and don't think I will rejoin them anytime soon, I did have a wonderful day! Karma had great sales and very lovely customers; I met so many wonderful people and got to eat a wonderful ear of corn (thanks, Larry!!). Sometimes things work out the way they should in spite of adversity!
Today, when I tried some clothing on I thought should fit and it didn't, I was quite upset. Over the last several years, I have gradually put back on all the weight I worked so hard to lose and more! It is even more depressing to me, when I look back at the times I helped others lose weight, when working for one of the number one weight loss companies in the world or earlier in my adult life, as a health enthusiast.
So, when I went for my walk this morning, I thought what can I do for myself and for others struggling with their weight. Many of us need to lead a much healthier life style. While we do offer healthy options at Karma, there are many times when I, myself do not take them. I know I have all the tools to help myself and to help our Karma Friends who have a similar struggle. I have a place we can meet, all the knowledge I have acquired from my days instructing others on how to lose weight and my years of eating healthy, and being the "Queen of Exercise"(yes, I exercised hours every day, ate correctly for most my twenties and thirties).
So, here is my offer to help you along with myself: Come Wednesday to Karma, Bring a Notebook and 2 pens (yes, two -one always runs out and I don't have many at Karma-MINE always run out!), weigh yourself prior to coming (if you do not have a scale, call me-I do!!), and be prepared to share a little of yourself (unless you are shy, we won't ask). Your weight is private-only you will ever know it-you will share how much you have lost, as we go along; but only if you want to. Also, if you have one bring your favorite lo cal recipe to share. No matter what anyone tells you and no matter what they call your intake and output it “is CALORIES!! Look it up,
There will be nothing to buy-unless you need to purchase healthy groceries-but that is up to you. No money to spend-unless you want to come early and I can make you a healthy meal-again, I am doing this to help us, not to make money-so this is only if you would like to eat at Karma. I want everyone to be able to work together and get healthier and lose the weight we need to do.
So, come and join me! I need to know if you are interested-just send me a face book message. One week a month, if we meet on Wednesday, we may have to do another evening or a Saturday morning, as I have another event scheduled. So when we meet, we will discuss doing either Wednesdays with that option, Thursday or Saturday morning. When you message me, let me know what works best for you. I know some people attend church on Wednesday and if too many people have a conflict, Thursday will be fine. I like Wednesday, but I am flexible. We will meet at 7 pm (Karma Kitchen closes then) and conclude by 8.
One more thing, if you have any medical problems-you must bring a note from your doctor before you can attend. This is free, no strings attached, but I don't want anyone to get ill. We will be helping each other and can help those with medical conditions much better if they are regulated by their physician. Just give me a note and I will file it -no one else will ever see it!
Okay, let me know if you are ready to get healthier!!!
Today is a beautiful day-the sun is out, tomorrow is Saturday (always a good thing) and I have plenty of food to eat (and share!!). There is so much sadness in the world, that sometimes we just need to take a break! Turn off the news, don't read anything sad (I know, it is hard), leave all sad conversation at the door and have a happy day. Just for one day, only good conversation, no gossip, no sadness-just happy thoughts and fun! We deserve it. It is important to stay informed and do what we can to improve the world, but just for today, let's be happy. And if you need some help, come visit me at Karma!! I am going to be enjoying this day, forgetting all that is sad in my life, around me and the world - just celebrating all that is good in life. Have a wonderful day and come and see me!!! Hugs, Lorna