Karma [Wikipedia]
…refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.

When we moved into our new house in Blue Ridge, we knew that it came with some furnishings. Not as many as was highlighted in the real estate listing, but that story is for another day. (Although, as this is a story about karma, I can’t help but add that the agent that did the bait and switch on some of the furnishings shown but not included – surprise! — will surely have his own “karma” moment one day, too. One can hope.)

Anyway, back to my story. Our home came with a really cool kitchen table–that I absolutely love–but alas, no chairs for the table. Fortunately, it didn’t take me too long to find chairs that were a match to the two kitchen bar stools that served as our only seating for the first few months. The perfect match chairs were a find, for sure, but they came with a price tag that, when multiplied by four, caused drops of sweat to bead up on my brow. Ok, I’m exaggerating slightly, but at $200 a chair, it’s one of those purchases you just have to be sure you love, with a capital L. Love.

And even though I did Love those chairs, I just couldn’t bring myself pull the trigger. Or, hit the Buy button, as it was.

I hemmed.

I hawed.

I searched.

And searched.

And then, after many hours of trying to find just the right chairs for just the right price, I decided that I just had to have those chairs.

Note: The name of the store where I bought the chair has been changed to protect the innocent (that would be me.) 

So, I logged back into ilovethatchair.com and lo and behold, the chairs were on sale for $99 each! The sweat on my brow instantly evaporated. Half price? Are you kidding me? Well, there you go. Those chairs are meant to be. Decision made easier and guilt reduced by a whopping 50%. Buyers remorse, I think not. This is a go. I hit that buy button and ordered four chairs lickety-split.

A week later, the UPS man dropped three massive boxes on my front deck. The signature brown truck was barely out of the driveway and I was out there tearing into the boxes. First box: One chair. Another chair. Oh, two in this box. Okay. Opened the second box. One chair. Another chair. Hmmm. Opened the third box. One more chair.

They shipped me five chairs.

Not to throw my husband under the bus or anything, but his first sentence was “Awesome. Now we have an extra in case something happens.”

Umm. No. I can’t keep the extra chair, I tell him.

“Why not?”

Why not? Well, I didn’t pay for it, for one. And, karma. Bad juju. Whatever you want to call it, I say. If I keep that chair… who knows. Can’t do it.

So, I tuck the extra chair back into the box and promptly email customer support to let them know of the error. They thank me and schedule a pick-up. Done. Good.

The next week they come and pick up the chair and I’m feeling pretty good about it.  I mean, karma, you know what a B she can be, right? Who needs that in their life? I have my four chairs. They were a steal — and everyone’s happy.

The next week I’m looking at my bank account and I see a credit from ilovethatchair.com. A credit back to my account for $199! Not even the sale price, but the original price of the chair. Chair number five. The chair I so graciously returned.

So, like I said — Karma.

Another note: The chair depicted in this article is not THE chair. Again, to protect the innocent…