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THE BEST MEDICINEf-
LAUGH!

FIRST DOSE
There are always two ways
to look at everything, I
guess. My wife and I were
sitting at a table at my
high school reunion last
October, and I kept staring
at a drunken lady swigging
her drink as she
sat alone at a nearby
table. My wife noticed me
staring and asked me, "Do
you know her?".

"Yes",
I sighed, "She's my old
girlfriend. I understand she
took to drinking right after
we split up those  
many years ago, and I
hear she hasn't been sober
since." "My God!" says my
wife, "Who would
think a person could go on
celebrating that long?"


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LAUGH!

SECOND DOSE
Last night, my friend and I
were sitting in the living
room and
I said to her, "I never want
to live in a vegetative
state, dependent on
some machine and fluids
from a bottle. If that ever
happens, just pull the
plug."


She got up, unplugged the
TV, and threw out my wine

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By Mark S. Mays, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist


"That's karma".  We've all heard that phrase a million times.
It's usually accompanied by a shrug of the shoulders and an
expression on the face that says, "that's the way it is. I can't
do anything about it".  But is there anything we can do to
improve our karma.?  


If we look at karma as our fate, and we look at fate as
immutable, then there really is nothing we can do to change
it. When we in America say "fate", we mean that something
high above us has taken out a giant pen and written down
what our outcomes will be on a tablet called "YOUR LIFE".  

But that is not the view of fate in the religion of Buddhism,
which gave rise to the idea of karma in the first place. In
Buddhism, the brand called Nishirin Daishinen, fate is not
what we are helplessly subjected to.

Fate is like a piece of clay. We shape it every day. We make
ourselves by the collection of thoughts, words and deeds
into what we are today.  We are the product, the
consequence, of our collective causes.  

But, here's the other part, the part most of us don't pay
attention to about karma. Just as we created our present
selves by our past thoughts, words and deeds,
we can
create our future selves by our present and future thoughts,
words and deeds
.

In other words, good in, good out. Good in today, good out
tomorrow.

In many ways, you are the author of your Book of Fate, you
are the creator of your Film of Life.

One thing that's always troubled me about karma is that it
seems to fly in the face of innocence. What did the baby in
poverty do to "cause" their birth into poverty? What did the
helpless young child do to cause their pain? How can they be
punished for a past not of their creation?
























Like everything else, I commit this cake to the universe to
complete its baking.  I don't know the answer to this
question. But here may be a clue. Maybe it's that we, those
of us who are adults, who are not mere innocents, maybe
we are being tested in our karma whenever we learn of such
poverty, such pain, such abuse. Maybe these babies, and
their pain, can be turned to a purpose of saving them and
restoring them to health and happiness, thereby elevating
their karma and our own.

Just a thought.



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