Karma - as loosely defined here:
"Karma n. The cumulative effect of a person's actions and conduct, having direct results on that person's future experiences. Good actions beget good Karma, bad actions beget bad Karma." From the bikeCOLORADO MTB Dictionary.
About a year ago I was at a local trailhead (Colorado Springs, CO) getting ready to ride. My buddy and I started talking with these guys that had all these Rockshox Boxxers laying on the ground. One was suited up to ride, the others were in street clothes. Come to find out after chatting - they were Rockshox engineers out field testing some new Boxxer configurations on a local sick-o DH trail (short but sick). It was HOTTER than a pistol. One of the guys mentioned that they'd been out there testing for 4 hours and had run dry on hydration. I gave the lead engineer my Gator Aid. We swapped business cards and my buddy and I started our ride.
So - a few months back, I buy a Giant AC Air Lite. And the Psylo SL starts leaking recently. I take it to the shop, get an RA number to have a warranty rebuild done on it. I live in Colorado Springs - Rockshox is IN Colorado Springs...but the service dude on the phone (actually a SRAM tech in Chicago) says I'll have to mail the stinking thing in and wait for them to mail it back! My office is literally 100yds from the Rockshox front door! Then I remember! Tada! I dig around, find the business card - and give the Product Development Engineer at Rockshox a call. "hey man, remember me? and can I ask you a little favor?".
The guy says "no problem...as a matter of fact, we'll rebuild it better than stock for you"! and we'll call you on your cell phone when it's done so you can pick it up.
What's the point? Any investment in Karma points you build up on the way through life, might just (and usually do) come back to benefit you when you least expect it.
See someone in need on the road/trail? Help them out! See some trash on the trail/road? Pick it up! etc, etc, etc.
What's YOUR Karma story?