In Buddhist teaching, the law of karma says only this: `for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first.’ The Karma Gods are very angry, and they are kicking butt at our hospital. The hospital administrator, Mr. Grinch, is telling the staff that the hospital is having financial difficulties related to the hospital’s expansion, yet, his office is now decked about in opulent office furniture. I found this out from a housekeeper who couldn’t believe her eyes one morning when she went into Mr. Grinch’s office to empty his trash. She reported the sudden appearance of butter-soft leather furniture and a large flat-screen plasma television in Mr. Grinch’s lair. She also said that his new private office came with other amenities, including a private bathroom that came complete with granite counter tops and a seven-foot window that allows Mr. Grinch to peer at staff and visitors coming and going from the hospital as he sits on the crapper. It’s good to be King!

A couple of weeks ago, the Karma Gods took revenge on Mr. Grinch. They obviously have a wicked sense of humor. Somehow a drainage pipe somewhere in the hospital’s plumbing system backed up and spewed raw sewage that ended up in front of Mr. Grinch’s office door. According to one of my friends who witnessed the eruption, it stank to high heaven, and Grinch ran out of his office like his pants were on fire. Of course he left it to the underlings to clean up the mess.

I wonder what the Karma Gods are planning next. Stay tuned.