Dear Karma Cleanser:
I've been with this certain special person since February. I gave birth to my son last December. My son's father was killed before he was born, back in August of last year. Needless to say, it has been a shitty few years, except for my wonderful baby boy.
My relationship with this new man (we will call him "Dick") has grown so fast and strong, but it's not like it used to be. He has lied and done me wrong, and that started a downward spiral in our world. He talks to me ugly and doesn't do what he says, then the next thing I know he is all lovely and sweet, not to mention he is great with my son, and my son loves him, too.
I've done some things before in my life but I am sure my bad karma has already screwed me. I just want to know when the good karma will come around. Right now it feels like I'm kicking a dead horse.
– -- Why Me?
We had to read your letter three times to get your jumbled traumas in order. First, dead boyfriend. Second, new baby. Third, new boyfriend. Fourth, downward spiral. Invest some time to sort out what led to this exact moment in your life, looking not only for patterns but for messages. This new "Dick" landed in your world for a reason, just as sure as your last lover's death wasn't in vain -- so long as you learned something from it. Good karma is as easy as realizing the horse isn't dead; she's sleeping.
Dear Karma Cleanser:
My co-worker Larry is going to lose his job next year. It's not his fault, he just made some bad moves politically. The CEO has been discreetly interviewing people for Larry's job, and he asked me if I wanted it. I said I didn't think so. Then I thought it over with my wife, who said I was stupid not to apply for it.
I received a card from Larry, an invitation to his New Year's Eve party. I went to it last year, and it really was a great night with lots of top-shelf liquor and amazing food.
The CEO talked to me again and said I should reconsider. I told him I was willing to give it a shot. Larry also asked me the same day if I'm coming to his party. I feel like an ass for saying yes. Isn't it bad karma to be friends with a guy you're going to replace?
– -- The Office Jerk
You didn't cost Larry his job, he did it himself. Will he be pissed when he hears that the guy who got smashed at his New Year's ball is now answering his phone at work? Definitely. No need to stop being his friend, but going to his party is only asking for calamity. Your New Year's resolution: "I will rise above office politics and learn from Larry's mistakes."
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