Be so Happy that When Others Look at You they Become Happy Too.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 11, 2012
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I know a girl like this. I grew up with her. I’ll remember her in summer dress, long hair, so beautiful, Karme Choling, Vermont, ’til the day I die.

But what’s truly beautiful about her is how happy and delighting, surprised, awakened, she makes others. All others. It’s like a magic power.

For years I wasn’t sure if it was genuine, or some sort of charm or ability she could turn on, even if she was sad.

Then I realized it was both a charm or ability and genuine—she loves making others light up, and she’s good at it.

I’m a generally charming dude. I can be very charming, sweet, funny, relaxed, whatever. But when I’m around her, or him, or her, or a few others…I realize that there are on this earth some who, in lighting up others, light themselves.

And when I’m with her I find myself—normally so loud, headstrong, large, noisy, speedy—I find that I stand down, sit back, watch, listen, admire. Smile.


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.


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