The Most Beautiful People…

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 17, 2012
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 …aren’t Models.

“The most beautiful people
we have known are those who have known defeat,
known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & 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. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “The Most Beautiful People…”

  1. Jamie says:

    This brought huge smile to my face.
    Much love. J

  2. faye says:

    two years ago this summer, i was approached by a homeless woman, known in the area as a ruckus-causing, panhandler, who yelled at imaginary people. on this warm, breezing day, she gently sat next to me on the concrete bench and asked, "why are you so sad?" i remember her warm eyes looking back at me as i replied, "I feel so alone today." upon her request, i began to tell her of my deteriorating relationship and lack of community, of family for support. as she placed her hand on my she stated, "This will make you stronger."
    the quote above reminded me of this encounter. i can only begin to imagine the life this woman has led, and though suffering herself, had the compassion to reach out to me, someone who looked like they could use a friend. that is beautiful. she knew exactly what i needed without knowing me from jane. it was through her pain, her suffer that she saw mine and could relate, offering the truth. and she was right. and i am happy to say that two years later, because of that encounter and many others, i am able to give as she did to me. (give this gal a tissue – geez!)

  3. elysha says:

    This is lovely. It reminds of this quote: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Plato