March 27, 2012

The only thing that will ever make any of us truly happy.

“I don’t really care about my happiness.

I care about our happiness. We’re an ecosystem—no man is an island.

I do care about integrity. About being genuine.

I’d rather be genuinely unhappy or lonely than falsely happy or selfishly well-off.

Honor isn’t for ancient warriors. Morality isn’t for ministers and spiritual folks.

Honor, morality, humor and compassion—you know, good heart—is for all of us:

ironically, it’s the only thing, ever, that will make any one of us truly happy.”

~ Dr. Willard Evans

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Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.