Wikipedia says that Karma “refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).” I am not sure if I fully believe in Karma, however, once in a while things happen that make me think it might be very real. I have a good friend who loves to laugh at videos depicting people falling down or slipping, like the ones you find on Funniest Home Videos. I know many people really enjoy that type of humor but I find it difficult to watch people getting hurt, even if they may not actually be injured. Well, this weekend my friend visited the Ice on Whyte festival and had an epic crash. As she carried her coffee and hot chocolate, she slipped backwards throwing the drinks into the air. Then, as she lay motionless on the ice, a lady tried to help her who then slipped and fell beside her. Next, a man tried to help them and fell on top of both of them. The description of the accident was very entertaining and I did laugh, however, my friend said to me “Perhaps this is Karma for me laughing at all those videos.”. I don’t know if it is, but I think it is important to reflect on how we treat others. There are many things in life that are funny and laughter is good for the body and the soul, however, we must always think of how our actions affect others. When we work with our students we are always sure to tell them that laughing at someone else’s misfortune is not acceptable. We must first show our friends compassion and caring, then if the situation warrants it, a good hearty laugh. Have a great February everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day!!