Vibrant

The definition of the word vibrant at Merriam-Webster’s site is: pulsating with life, vigor, or activity.

When I think of someone who is vibrant, my mind’s eye sees someone who gives the impression of being lit from within. The funny thing is that I can’t even come up with an example off the top of my head. However, I have passed some unmistakably vibrant people on the sidewalk. These are the people who have that special spring in their step and they just seem to glow. Know what I’m talking about?

When they smile, it seems as though their entire being smiles…not just their mouth. This sort of person radiates positive energy which is contagious, for lack of a better word. While some might be resistant to it, most are swept up and find themselves smiling right back. What is the secret to vibrancy?

The one thing that I am sure of is that it’s something which comes from within. It isn’t something which we can find on the outside. Sure, there are things on the outside which can give us feelings of happiness and some of those things can leave us feeling happy for quite some time.

One thing which learning a bit about Buddhism has taught me is that external things are temporary. It doesn’t mean that we cannot or even should not enjoy them…because we can and should. However, we shouldn’t count on them being a permanent source of joy. Just as being present doesn’t mean the same thing as simply being there, vibrancy doesn’t mean that we are radiating a happy glow because we got the promotion at work or whatever the case may be. True vibrancy is a state of being…literally (not meaning 100% of the time…after all, we are human!). What do you think?

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16 thoughts on “Vibrant

  1. I think the more we depend upon external factors to make us happy, the less power we have over our own joy. Having said that, though, I do tend to do just that – react to external factors. People let me down, I'm not happy. Someone is having a tough life, I don't know how to help, I'm depressed. There are the goals we set and the way life keeps setting up obstacles. Frustration, anger, what have you.It's hard not to be affected by real life. I do try, though, to find joy in the little things where I can. Being silly with my children helps. They're at the age where I am still amusing rather than embarrassing. πŸ™‚

  2. Yes, I know what you mean. I've seen people in passing who impressed their vibrancy upon me so strongly, in body language alone (posture, facial expression, stride) that I still remember them years after we took one bus ride together, for example. They'll probably never know that they inspired a stranger.

  3. A nice description of vibrancy. I absolutely agree and believe that if you are beautiful on the inside then it translates in your outer appearance too and that makes you 'vibrant' πŸ™‚

  4. I totally understand feeling bad when someone is having a tough life and not being able to help Wendy! Real life definitely does affect us in many ways. Being silly with kids is awesome! Keep enjoying that as long as you can. πŸ™‚

  5. It is sad, but back in high school I would ridicule abundantly happy / vibrant people. I felt it was fake and there was no way someone could be that happy. While sometimes these are masks people wear, it was more a projection of my inner feelings. Some of those people are ones I still think about time to time.I do my hardest to put my best foot forward, regardless of the situation I may find myself in.I think we all have our vibrant moments. Like everything else, it takes "practice" to remain constant, but it is very possible. Like said, it is all an inner thing more so than external. At least for long-term consistency.

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