Sarge has Bad Karma

Meet Sarge.
Sarge is our new car that we acquired this summer. After our “Angel” was totaled in a car accident.

IMG_0206.JPG (We name all of our cars: Marsha-Mellow–our white Volkswagon Convertible and Silver Bullet—our silver Isuzu Rodeo were all dear members of the Russell Family Fleet at one time). Naming your car is fun, and above all it lets your car know that you love it.
I was pretty adamant that our new Acadia be named “Sarge” based upon it’s unique greenish gray color.
I thought, “With a name like Sarge, this Acadia will be on protective duty, keeping my family safe as we are driving about.”
Sarge was keeping my family safe, but, uh oh, Sarge was attracting some bad karma!
In the first four months of having Sarge:
Sarge’s title was mysteriously lost via certified mail by the United States Post Office. Sarge got a parking ticket while tailgating at a KU game in Lawrence.
And, just yesterday Sarge and I got a speeding ticket!
You might be thinking, well those aren’t anomalies, things like that happen every day. True. However, speeding tickets, parking tickets, and lost mail hasn’t happened to me in over 10 years.
This had to be Sarge’s fault and Sarge’s bad karma. “What kind of life must you have had with your previous owner”, I wondered about Sarge?
I brought my question to my oh-so-intuitive and extremely-intelligent-friend, Allyson. She asked me:

Do you love Sarge?

I had to think for a minute. I like Sarge. I was grateful for the second row captain seats…and my kids really love Sarge.
But, me?
I told Allyson, “Every time I see a car that looks like Angel driving down the street I kind of miss her.”
Hmmm…now we were getting somewhere.
“Everything is made out of energy,” Allyson said, “including Sarge. ”

Sarge senses that you don’t love him.

I knew right then what I needed to do.
I made a list of all of the things I love about Sarge.


As I was writing the letter, I realized, Sarge isn’t a very endearing name.
So, I changed it!
From now on, we will refer to the Acadia as “Sage”.
Sage is a better fitting name. Sage means “wise one” and perfectly describes the unique greenish-gray color of the car.
Plus SAGE smudging is an ancient practice used for space clearing and cleansing. Yes, Sage is a perfect name…wise, cleansed and cleared.

Sarge doesn’t bad karma.
I had a bad attitude.

I was the one attracting bad things to happen.
It was MY negative feelings about Sarge attracting negative events.

The reality is, nothing about my car was changed or needed to change.
What DID need to change was my perception and thoughts and feelings ABOUT the car.

When things aren’t going well, we want to blame someone or something else.
However, the reality is:
If things aren’t going right in your world it is YOU that needs to change.<

You are the only one that has the power to change your current circumstance.
With awareness, acceptance, and action, we all have the power to change and improve our lives.
Is there a circumstance of “bad karma” in your life that you are blaming on someone or something else?
Is it your weight?
Is it your child’s behavior?
Maybe it is your house that always has something needing a repair?

I challenge you to take a minute and evaluate your situation:
1. What are you really feeling about this situation, person or thing?
2. Where are these feelings coming from?
3. What can you do today to change your perception, your thoughts, and your feelings about this?

Good luck and keep me posted on what you discover!

I am sending out a HUGE thank you, thank you, thank you to the Always-Wise-Allyson for her guidance in this matter.



  1. Becky

    I should have named you Sage, oh wise one!
    Just a thought, but I do feel like sometimes other peoples bad karma bumps into us, ( wrong place, wrong time) and knocks our “angels” off their feet (tires) giving us challenges to help us grow and learn! I see you are using these lessons to help others!

    1. brussellsprouting

      Yes, I agree, sometimes other people’s bad karma does bump into us. It is important to ask ourselves, “Who does this thought/feeling belong to?”
      I am obviously still working on this 😉
      Thanks for sharing your insightful thoughts.

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