Karma is a belief that what you do to others, good or bad returns to you, like a boomerang. This concept revolves around the golden rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, which is a biblical principle. The dictionary says karma is a mystical belief. There are also articles that question the validity of karma.

Many people do not believe in karma, and its apparent otherwise they would be more mindful in their treatment of others. I think of karma as your footprint in the world. By no means am I perfect but I really try to be ethical and fair in all my dealings with others.

As a nurse this is an expectation for those utilizing the healthcare system, and the public has grown to expect it. They would be disappointed, upset and mortified if they were continually lied to about their healthcare and the treatment outcome.


Recently, while at the store waiting at the self check out, I noticed there was approximately twelve dollars and change left in the kiosk, from the previous customer. I returned the money to sales person managing the area. She said “thanks for being honest!” I smiled, and told her I need all my karma points. She looked confused, but I did not explain.

On the way to the car, I thought, she probably did not know what I was talking about. I feel being honest and truthful is an essential tool to create good karma, especially as it relates to others. Being deceitful and dishonest will not benefit you, and it will not end well. Do you believe in karma?

I would love to hear from you, regarding this topic.

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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