When I used to hit the gym in the morning, I would catch the tail end of “My Name is Earl“. The show was funny and helped me power through the 3 miles I tried to log on the treadmill.
Scaling back my finances, I eschewed the gym for outdoor walks when the mood hit me. With the school year looming in the next few weeks, I rediscovered “My Name is Earl” on Netflix when I was creeped out after watching a documentary about Jonestown. (Lesson from that – don’t drink the Kool-aid.) Binge watching “My Name is Earl” on Netflix, I got the idea to see how I could use karma in my own life. While I don’t have a list of people I need to find and realign karma for past misdeeds, I took a clue from Earl and made of list of things I want to change karmic for myself.
- Stop hating Mondays. I know Mondays are going to busy. It’s the nature of the beast when working with the public. Learn that people have spent the weekend making decisions about their future and I’m the person who they will turn to for advice. Taking lunch helps tremendously.
- Tell The Mister I love him daily, even when he drives me bat caca crazy. Same with the kids. Some days I think The Teen (I still need a new name for her!) and The Boy go out of their way to see how far they can push me. Between the attitudes, the declarations that I “drawl” like it’s my job, or do too much I know that it’s their way of testing me.
- Self Care. My ticker has been giving me problems lately. I Part of it is poor diet, poor sleep, and taking care of everyone but myself. I’ve been walking with some neighbors in the evening for a half an hour and the camaraderie coupled with the fresh air helps tremendously with decompressing from the day.
- Read a book for pleasure weekly. I can forfeit an hour of TV in the evening and dive into a novel. Right now I’m reading Before I Go to Sleep and I found myself ignoring Maury AND Judge Judy to continue reading the story of amnesiac Christine Lucas.
- Knit. I love that two sticks and strings can create something of comfort to another person while helping me relax. Right now I’m working on The Baker Scarf. It’s an easy knit and after I cast on and got the first few rows started, I was able to knit before I fell asleep during the Fantastic Four.
- Perfect my poker face and tact. I stay in a world of trouble because my face hides nothing and my mouth writes checks that my butt can’t cash. My mom always said that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. That lesson didn’t quite stick.
- Model better behavior for my children. Even though one is technically an adult and the other is starting high school, I can always improve on past behaviors and forgive myself for mistakes of the past.
- Be the best me that I can be. The race I’m in is with myself. I have no one but me to compete against. Mind, MY OWN business.
- Continue to journal my thoughts. This helps put things in better perspective.
- Remember this picture posted by my friend Nicole McLean.
What lessons can you learn from “My Name is Earl”? Leave your ideas of self karma behavior below.
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