Friday, September 9, 2016

Secret Subject Swap: Karma Comes Knocking

Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.

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My subject is: Karma has come around for someone who hurt you. What happens to them? Are you satisfied?
It was submitted by: Karen of Dinosaur Superhero Mommy.

Is it bad Karma to wish bad karma on someone who's brought you bad karma?

Yeah, sometimes my mind is a scary place. Picture a dog chasing it's tail. That kind of scary.

I have to wonder though, if I revel in the bad karma visited on another, even if they deserve it, will I  rush out the door late for a meeting and find my tire flat? Go to the kitchen with a new recipe idea and leave out an ingredient?

Cranberry Swirl Corn Muffins, a classic corn muffin with a swirl of cranberry sauce and cranraisins for added flavor | Recipe developed by | #recipe #muffins
Cranberry Swirl Corn Muffins 
no ingredients left out!

Karma works its own magic in its own way. Like the man who once suggested that G-d sends floods to punish gays and who, himself, lost his home in the recent Louisiana floods. Karma made a house call, so to speak.

I may be superstitious, or maybe I just hope I'm a better person than that, but I think it's dangerous to wish it on someone, to hope for bad things to happen, even to bad people. So if karma has come around for someone who hurt me, let me just make it clear that, like the flood guy, it was the universe making the correction. Nothing I actually wished on anyone. 'Cause that would be .  . . you know . . . bad karma.

I was talking to my son recently about someone he knows at school. This person crosses the line. Often. Many people in his sites get hurt. He hides it from adults and people who know him casually, but many have seen what I call his dark side. I told my son that karma will catch up with this guy. No reason to waste time hoping he gets his due, he will. You can't put that much bad out in the world without it catching up with you. 

I feel the same way about someone who hurt me. 

I worked for a guy once, he was a real jerk. Had a bit of a Napoleon complex, if you ask me. He was in charge of our division and his friend handled a department that was not doing well, was way over budget. Cuts were coming and he moved his friend around and promoted me to the sinking ship. I had no choice but hoped that the new title and experience could situate me well in the future. We were about to take a month long buying trip to the Orient and this experience would look good on my resume as well. Either way, it's not like I could decline the promotion.

New at the job, the time we were traveling was also my learning curve. But I really learned nothing. He rode my ass. He put me in absurd situations then stood in the way of any attempts I made to create solutions. He even kept me back from seeing one of the great sight-seeing markets in Seoul on the pretense that I needed to stay at the hotel and watch another buyer work. 

Ultimately I did negotiate some deals, danced in a nightclub in Taiwan, saw some of Seoul, sat by the pool (and was proposed to by a stranger looking to marry his way out of the country) in Jakarta, had leather and suede clothes made for me by tailors, purchased some beautiful jade jewelry pieces, and met up with my then new boyfriend (now husband) in Hong Kong, it remains a time I look back on with mixed feelings.

I did, not long after, lose that job, having been the scapegoat I was intended to be. Between the severance package and the fact that I was living with Hubs by then, I just stopped working and spent my time planning my wedding.

And the manager? He met a woman who married him for a green card, caused discord in his relationship with his kids (who were about the same age as his new wife), spent his money, divorced him and took more of his money. I hear he later lost his job.

Did I wish any of this on him? No. But I swear Karma gave me a wink on its way to knocking on this particular door. 

And am I happy with how it all turned out? Let's just say I can live with it.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup and check them all out. See you there:

Not That Sarah Michelle

The Bergham Chronicles 
Spatulas on Parade
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy 
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
The Lieber Family Blog 
Confessions of a part time working mom 
Southern Belle Charm 
Never Ever Give Up Hope 

PS: My friend Rabia wrote a Secret Subject Swap post a month ago about making the world a better place. Since we're on the subject of karma, her piece is called Karma is not a Boomerang, and it's worth a read.

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Cranberry Swirl Corn Muffins
Printable Recipe
1/2 cup jellied cranberry sauce
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs, room temperature 
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cranraisins
1/2 cup fresh corn niblets

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place 12 paper baking cups in a muffin tin.
*In a small bowl, mash then vigorously whisk the cranberry sauce. Set aside.
*Cream butter, oil and sugar. Beat in eggs.
*Mix in the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Next mix in the cranraisins and corn.
*Scoop into the muffin tins.
 *Put about a half of a TBSP of cranberry sauce on top of each muffin and, using a knife, gently swirl into the top of the batter.
*Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until the tops spring back to the touch. Serve warm.


  1. When you asked the question "Am I happy the way it turned out?" And your answer was "I can live with it." This really sums it up for me as well. I don't wish harm to anyone who has hurt me but it is difficult to want to rush to their aid to help them. What goes around......

    1. Yes, I didn't wish it on him, but I don't feel bad for him either.

  2. Thanks for the shout out, Karen! I like your take on karma. I don't wish bad things on good people, but I can't help feeling a little vindicated when the universe evens things out a bit. I see nothing wrong with that!

    1. I like the way you put that. I'm not gloating, I'm feeling a little vindicated!

  3. How I love corn muffins! And, in fact, after a visit to a Seneca tribal cultural center last week, I bought some toasted corn flour. I wonder how it would go with this. Cranberries - another native fruit. It might just be a natural, to try once the hot weather has ceased. I love corn muffins. As for karma - the knowledge that karma may step in has kept me sane more than once. Alana

  4. I totally agree with you---I would not wish bad karma on anyone because I honestly feel that the universe will take care of them in the end---just like your awful boss. The muffins look good--might make these for breakfast!

    1. Yeah, Karma's funny that way. You don't have to wish it on anyone, they earn it themselves.

  5. Muffins look good and I like the take on Karma. Mirrors mine.

  6. Intersting prompt. I am with you, I am too superstitious as to actively wish somebody bad karma, even if they deserve it.
    Nature sure has its way if you wait long enough, though.
    I had a jerk boss ("A. L") as well who was cheating and lying his way around the corporate world. Years later a former coworker approached me when I was in a really stressful situation at my new job and didn't really have time to chat. Nonetheless she made me sit down and listen to her.
    "Tamara, there is a God" she began.
    I thought "OK, it's not enough that I am terribly behind with everything at work, now I have a friend on my hands who is about to lose it."
    "A. L. has been fired from his new job" she continued excitedly...

    1. It really does feel like there is some order in the world when those things happen, doesn't it?

  7. I'm a big believer in getting back what you put out (and not like that.....perv! lol). So, I don't wish bad karma back on people who do me wrong, BUT, I admit that when it happens, I kinda think "you got me, Karma!"

    1. That's just how I feel. Sometimes I do wish that Karma would hurry up, though.

  8. Karma is definitely a bitch! I try to only put the good out, but somehow it seems to have lost its way back to me! It could always be worse.

    1. Hope it finds you again soon. And stays for a nice long visit.


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