Go ask your SPL

A guy named John was my senior patrol leader nearly thirty years ago. John was a nice clean cut young man, he did things the right way. I remember one camping trip he decided to wear some sunglasses that was the extent of "Bad John", basically same guy, but in sunglasses. John went off to college and we lost touch, as you do. 

And years later we became Facebook friends. He had gotten married, he has a daughter and lives in Connecticut. 

In scouting circles we use the phrase go ask your SPL all the time. And when I was searching for an answer to a philosophical question that's where I should have went in the first place. 

I was wondering if we have a word for being truly happy for someone else's success without being jealous of it. As we often are. John replied with a Sanskrit word that had just that meaning. 

Muditā  means joy. It is especially sympathetic or vicarious joy, the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people's well-being rather than begrudging it.

That reply has really stuck with me. I wonder where and how he found it. Because that is not just something you look up on the internet. So thanks John for providing leadership to me and the other boys (who are now all in our forties) of Troop 327 both then and now. 


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