sunshinebuddy.jpgI was at Urban Outfitters the other day and saw this cute solar powered plastic toy called a Sunshine Buddy or Nohohon Zoku in Japanese.  I was immediately drawn to it’s peaceful smiling face, over-sized head, and the small smiling baby clinging to it. 

When exposed to light the sunshine buddy slowly bobs it’s head affirming it’s peaceful, blissful nature. Somehow this bobbing Buddha-like figure had  the effect of making me smile…

I bought one right then no questions asked.

My sunshine buddy has found its home near my coffee maker where it happily smiles and bobs when I make coffee in the morning. … Hmm…  if I could only find such bliss in my everyday life.

Maybe the way to inner peace is detachment from material things and more of a connection to other people. For some reason, the more things I buy the more I want, and the less happy I become after the “New” wears off.  Maybe the quietly bobbing sunshine buddy knows something I don’t…

Maybe it has something to do with sunlight…or just smiling more. I just wish it would tell me it’s secret.

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