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Karma – Quote of the Day

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. – Wayne Dyer

One definition of Karma per Dictionary.Com is as follows:
       The good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something.

We’ve all been there.  Someone we come across is in a foul mood, full of bad attitude, seemingly wanting to add some company to their misery.  I can only control my own actions.  My reactions to others actions are still my own.

How do you react? Do you join in and allow them to influence you?  Do you try to ignore their machinations of malevolence? Or, do you try to engage them, probing to understand what is at the heart of their issue?

We all have bad days. I try to remember this when dealing with someone who seems angry, annoyed, aloof, or generally less than personable, especially if it is a chance encounter with a stranger.  How can one know what it is that is going on in that person’s life?  Maybe they just ended a relationship, lost a job, or it is the anniversary of the death of someone which they were close.  It could be any number of things that can be distressing to the human condition.

The attitude of others can spread the same karma to those they encounter.  It is your choice whether you allow an encounter to change your karma, or if you spread the karma, good or bad  Be the good karma!  I have seen one positive person with an optimistic comment brighten a group of grouches.  I’ve also seen one grouch bring down a bunch of cheerful people. I’ve been both people, and I’ve been in both groups.

I thought this picture of my oldest daughter Sylvia shairing her fudgesicle with baby sister taken today at the pool sort of represented sharing good karma through actual sharing!  No one asked Sylvia to share, but she knew it would bring a smile to baby Savanna’s face, so she gave her several bites.  They both were cheerful and I couldn’t have been a happier father!

Do you feel you spread your karma or is your mood more easily influenced by others?  Do you have any suggestions on what has worked for you to be the one who spreads the good karma or deflect the bad? Let us know in the comments!

P.S.  I always enjoyed listening to audio books, PBS Specials, or reading things by Wayne Dyer.  I personally enjoyed, “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.” By Wayne Dyer. It has had a positive influence on my life.

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How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. - Wayne Dyer

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. – Wayne Dyer



  1. Dawn Nieves

    I have a smile and keep it moving kind of mentality when it comes to people and they’re “bad days” I’m not easily influenced by others. I just move it along.

  2. Keikilani

    I love this philosophy. You always have a choice of what to spread around. Good or Bad. Your choice.

  3. M Caroline Kosman

    I love this quote. It’s so absolutely true. You can’t control the external world, but how your react to it is largely under your domain.

  4. Louise

    This quote is so true! I think the lesson here is to always treat people how you want to be treated yourself 🙂

    Louise x

  5. NYCTechMommy

    This is so true! I’ve learned that not everyone will treat you the way they should but that’s on them. I’m a better person for treating them the way I’d want to be treated even when they make poor choices. Spreading good karma all the way 🙂


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