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?