A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. ~Tom Stoppard

“I enjoy my life because life is too short! I ain’t gonna let nobody turn me old!” These were the words spoken to me by a 60-something-year-old woman with a smile that reached from the coasts of North Carolina to the volcanic terrain of Hawaii!  From the moment I first saw this woman, I felt the power of her personality and the light with which she brightened and warmed the room. I watched her as she embraced her loved ones and then turned to embrace me even though I was a stranger to her.  Indeed, whatever this woman carried in her person was electrifying! It was delicious cuisine for a starving soul!

I watched her for the next hour or so, observing her actions, listening to her words, and becoming almost hypnotized by her smile.  She laughed fiercely, smiled continuously, and exuded a loving aura even when she sat silently.  I wondered, “What exactly am I seeing?”  Not only was this woman happy, but she was downright joyful.  And what’s more, I watched that happiness bounce from person to person in the room like electricity traveling through circuits.  Some would say that someone that excited about life must be a little crazy or on some type of strong medication or drug.  But I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t say something to her as my attempt to ascertain her magic potion.

“It was a pleasure meeting you, and I feel quite delighted to have watched your infectious personality today!”  I said.  She replied lovingly but with that same level of energy and passion as everything else she said.  “Honey, I have survived brain cancer twice.  I refuse to live without happiness…without smiling and laughing.  I enjoy my life because it’s too short not to.”

I walked away from that woman and that experience desiring to remember that life is too short to not be a carrier of happiness.  I want to carry infectious joy and contagious happiness because I want to see it spread into a worldwide epidemic.  Like this woman, I want to find any reason to laugh, to smile, and to dance as if no one is watching.

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