Airports, Conventions, and Karma: a Horror Story.

“Above all, be kind.  You have the power to bring someone hope, if only for a moment.”—David Wagner

As some of you know, I recently had a Stephen King-like horror experience traveling to a mystery convention in California. It started with a series of airline errors that left me stranded at the Los Angeles airport and ended with my ticket back home to Seattle accidentally being deleted by the same airline. In between, my luggage was lost, I was unable to sleep due to recurring travel-related nightmares, and I had a still-confusing incident with a fellow writer who I can only describe as the adult version of the “mean girls” I dealt with in high school.

But that’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about karma. I don’t claim to understand all of the yoga teachings, but I do have a concept of karma. Karma indicates that actions have consequences, not just to others, but to ourselves. Simply put, the law of karma promises that the actions we take in this life will have repercussions in the next.

Who knows if it’s true? As much as I’d love to have a future-life “do-over” to correct my mistakes, I can only say one thing for certain: the kindness of several people stood out this past weekend, and I appreciate them: a baggage claim clerk who went out of his way to explain what had happened to me in LA; a young person who helped an elderly gentleman place his luggage into the overhead compartment on the plane back to Seattle; a TSA employee who treated a Middle Eastern man with kindness and respect when his ID didn’t match his travel documents.

None of this seems major, but it was all yogic, and it was huge to the people it helped. Being kind doesn’t take much.  A smile, a “please sit down and join us,” a “I don’t know what happened, but I’ll try to help.”  The kindness you show others may have repercussions that are more powerful than you will ever realize.

Five authors made my awful weekend a little brighter, simply by making me feel welcome when others did not. There are a gazillion talented writers out there.  Great human beings are harder to come by. I’m already a fan of these authors, and you can bet I’ll be buying more of their books. Please join me.

Has someone made your day a little brighter?  If so, please share the story in a comment!

Tracy

Come visit Whole Life Yoga in Seattle, and check out Tracy Weber’s author page for information about the Downward Dog Mysteries series.  MURDER STRIKES A POSE is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Whole Life Yoga, and bookstores everywhere!

14 thoughts on “Airports, Conventions, and Karma: a Horror Story.

  1. Pingback: Airports, Conventions, and Karma: a Horror Story. » Hot Yoga Blog

    1. Whole Life Yoga Post author

      Absolutely. Kindness flows out in ripples, like the waves created when you drop a stone in a pond. You never know how many people you impact.

      Reply
  2. Cindy Sample

    Hi Tracy. I always tell myself that mishaps can turn into entertaining stories, and you’ve certainly turned your lemon of a trip into lemonade! I kept running into old friends at the convention and couldn’t make it to as many of the panels I wanted to attend, but congratulations on your new series. I’ve already downloaded it and I’m looking forward to the read. Next year, Crimelandia??

    Reply
  3. Kaye George

    This was years ago, but it made such an impression that it immediately came to mind when I read your post. It was the day before my grandmother’s funeral and my dad had just arrived with his truly horrid new girlfriend. My mom was coming the next day with my brother. I dreaded the whole weekend. My aunt and I took a stroll and stopped at a Dairy Queen. I got along very well with my aunt (she’s gone now, as are my parents) and we chatted while we sat and ate our treats. It was her mother (and my father’s mother) who was being buried and I guess we told stories of her to each other. As we were leaving, a woman who worked there waved me over to tell me she thought I had a beautiful smile. It did so much to turn that day around, the kindness of a complete stranger right when I needed it so much. Ever since then, I try to give people random compliments in hopes that they will need them as much as I needed that one that day.

    Reply
  4. Christine

    Tracy, I’m so sorry to hear about your travel nightmares–and hopefully they’ve found your luggage by now. Kindness is important, but it’s easy to forget that at times. Thanks for this week’s reminder! Mary Lee and Anita were very gracious to me, too, along with Donnell Ann Bell, Cathy Perkins, and Susan M. Boyer. Good karma all-around!

    Reply
    1. Whole Life Yoga Post author

      Yes, all belongings have been returned. And now I need to check out Susan, Donnell and Cathy’s books! 😉

      Reply
  5. Waverly Fitzgerald

    And I thought I needed to thank you for making my weekend so much better! Conferences just bring out the scared kid at the new school in me and I was so happy to have you there to befriend me and introduce me around to your many friends.

    Reply
    1. Whole Life Yoga Post author

      Honestly, Waverly, you are one of the people I mention first when people ask who has helped me. You are a kind and generous person, and I appreciate you more than you will ever know!

      Reply
  6. Edith Maxwell

    I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you at LCC, Tracy, but am glad fellow Sisters in Crime were able to lighten your load. It’s so true that we never know how our actions will help a stranger to feel better, more welcome, more confident. Kindness is never wasted.

    Reply
    1. Whole Life Yoga Post author

      Hopefully we’ll meet next time! I am often overwhelmed by the kindness of other authors.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *