Collection abc – K is for Kissing, Karma and Knowledge

Here is the “K” installment of my abc collection. I choose about three words and write something regarding them trying to relate them to Switzerland or the Swiss or my life in Switzerland. This week’s words start with “k”. “K” is for kissing, karma and knowledge.

kissing, karma and knowledgeis for kissing

Kiss and make up – but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss.
~ Mae West

Ben doesn’t like makeup which is just fine with me. He thinks the more something is worth, the less elaborate it has to be packaged. I only do the occasional mascara and that’s about it. It’s easier and I have more time for other things, like kisses.

As for kisses… umm, I can make almost any post somehow relate to chocolate if I try. Ah, Hershey’s chocolate kisses for example. Once at my doctor’s office there was a bowl full of chocolate kisses! I did a double take when I saw that.  I asked her about them, she said she had just gotten back from the States and brought them with her. She also said I was free to help myself. I declined (yes, me!). Although I used to like them a lot, I have gotten used to and now prefer the Swiss chocolate. I figured if I’m going to dive into sugar it might as well be the best.

Speaking of chocolate kisses, the company Ferrero also makes them (Küsschen). Their saying is “Give good friends a kiss or two, or three”. Although I’ve tried most of the chocolate out there, to my shame I’ve never tried a Ferrero Küsschen. But they are not Swiss! While the name Ferrero could be from the Italian speaking part of Switzerland it’s not. The company originated in Italy and is now also located in Germany. So it’s not Swiss chocolate, but European. Still, I prefer the Swiss chocolate. If I’m going to give a friend a kiss, I’ll do it the Swiss way: left, right, left.

kissing, karma and knowledgeis for karma

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin

What exactly does “karma” mean? Everything you do will come back to you. Do something good and good will happen to you. So, if every action touches on some chord and vibrates in eternity, then you might as well do something good.

Ben has a saying: throw money out the window and it will come back in through the door. Of course, this doesn’t mean waste money, it means be generous. And, it’s true. If you are generous, life will be generous back. It doesn’t have to be money, it can be something as simple as a nice gesture. Like letting someone with less groceries get ahead of you in line or helping someone put on their coat. Even a smile can be contagious. Make a compliment and mean it. Think about it, every action of our lives!

Challenges are in, so this week I challenge you to see how much good karma you can spread. Let’s make eternity rock!

kissing, karma and knowledgeis for knowledge

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
~ Benjamin Franklin

Everything you learn in life will be useful in some way. Really, everything. I once took a course that would probably rank as the worst course ever. It was horrible; the bored teacher stood in the front corner of the room a large portion of the time and in a monotone voice read some passages from a book. When I got home, I told Ben about the wasted time and the fact that I had learned nothing. The more we talked about it the more I realized that the course had its merits. I had indeed learned a lot; I learned how to never, ever give a class.

Ben, like many Swiss loves languages. He learned many languages not knowing exactly when or if he would ever need them. But he made an investment in his knowledge and naturally, it paid off. A little here and a little there, but mostly while he was working for an American telephone company.

One day when he came home he told me what his day had looked like. In the office were Americans with which he spoke English, there were also Swiss and with them he spoke Swiss German. He was writing some documentation for the French speaking part of Switzerland in French. At one point the phone rang and it was someone from the Italian speaking part. He found the whole experience exhilarating, and the investment with learning those languages was paying off. I guess the question is what is going to happen that he can use the Spanish and Russian he’s learning?

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