Karma and Mr. Shiply


Cullen, the firm’s senior lawyer, was explaining to Frank, an associate in the firm, how Karma played a role in two cases, Mr. Cokely and Mr. Shiply.  Frank listened spellbound as Cullen continue his story.

“Mr. Shiply had tears in his eyes when he came to my office.  He loved his wife of 20 years dearly.  They had built a successful antiques business together.  But she cheated on him and to add insult to injury, she was claiming the business was all hers in the divorce.”

“There were various suits filed with claims and counterclaims and the usual legal battles and skirmishes.  Mr. Shiply was distressed by all this, but he was a kind and gentle person.  He took the high road even when his wife did not.  Finally, the case settled with Mr. Shiply being paid a handsome sum by the wife for his interest in the business.”

“Mr. Shiply was now independently wealthy.  He was grateful for his legal services, paid his bill promptly, and sent over a bottle of wine in celebration of his case finally being over.  We became friends.”

“He was offered a job by another friend to acquire antiquities for an art museum.  Other friends introduced him to eligible women.  He was particularly attracted to one who had a PhD in computer science.  They were wed a year later.”

“They acquired several acres of land and built a magnificent house. It is seven years later now, they are content, have lots of friends including me, and they are living the life of The Great Gatsby”.

“Wow!” said Frank. “I see what you mean.  The difference between Mr. Cokely’s life and Mr. Shiply’s life is quite a contrast.  Karma!”