Life’s Karmic Balance

Karmic balance seems like a pretty heavy subject for my little blog, but I got a HUGE dose of it this weekend. The test: my life. The answer: humility.

ManoaDNA performed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night to start off my weekend. The weekend before was sort of a bad one (performance-wise), and I was looking to bounce back and have fun! Wednesday night we had a private reception at Punahou School, Thursday night ManoaDNA made its return to Tikis in Waikiki, and Friday night was down at Lulus. All three gigs were great fun, and a definite 180-degree turn from the week before. I was super happy to be back.

Waikiki on a Friday!  Beautiful!  Lulus tonight from 6-9pm, so come on down!

After a great week of shows with ManoaDNA, I headed over to Aloha Stadium on Saturday pumped up and ready to watch the University of Hawai’i take on the nationally-ranked Nevada Wolfpack. Thinking we had a shot to pull a huge upset, I was ready for a great game. I got an incredible game. It came down to an interception by Hawai’i to clinch the win and upset a heavily favored Nevada team. I maintain it was Hawai’i’s best game since the Colt Brennan days, and I am was so happy to see it in person.

I believe!

Sunday morning, the DNA boys and our friends headed to the golf course for our monthly outing. Happy as a little kid, and ready for a full day of golf, I zoned in and shot a really good round. In the end, my team lost to Dad’s team, but I was happy I did well personally. In fact, I was beginning to think I could do no wrong this week!

Cue karma.

Driving home from the golf course, with a smile on my face, I started thanking the world for a great week. BANG!! My truck blows up, and I can’t accelerate. My truck is clanking, humming and banging as I struggle to try to get it to the side of the road. Turns out, I blew out my rear-end and I am without my truck for a couple of weeks. The first real problem I have ever had with it, and it happened on my weekend.

Sitting in my car, waiting for the tow truck to come and pick me up, I was thinking about how terrible my day had just gotten. Was I gonna have to buy a new car? Was a car gonna hit me while I was waiting on the side of the road? Would help ever come? All these thoughts were running through my head, when I suddenly realized that this is life’s balance. This is life’s way of telling me that I am human, not superhuman. No matter how good the week treats you, don’t let it go to your head. Stay humble. Or else.

Now, as I sit here and reflect on the last seven days, I am more thankful for the week that I had. Even though it ended on a bad note, I can still take solace in the fact that there will be good times again.

This time, I won’t let it go to my head… I hope.


  1. Cute. Well said, Nick. Sorry to hear you “blew out your rear-end” though. 🙁 Hope it gets better soon.

  2. NORIKO and MANA

    Aloha Nick!
    It’s so interesting about your theme.
    I agree with your thought.
    I think it give me “a thinking time”,
    Thinking about what I think and doing.
    In my case, that happens when I’m busy, l get my tone too much and lost my balance.
    But I recognise my balance, and gratitude many things, then good things comes again.
    It’s really strange. But for that things, I think that I can keep humility. (^^)

    life is interesting!
    with Aloha ,Noriko