"Your expression is wonderfully open and kind. You have a natural smile in your eyes. So nice!"
How did he react?
Surprised: "Me?! Open? That's interesting. I have always thought I that ray out the opposite."
How did I feel?
Some people smile even when they don't. Their eyes continually say: "It's alright." I don't see them often but when I do I am thankful. They help me unwind.
Markus was one of these people. He was waiting in line at the grocery store's register when I first saw him. Queuing up behind him and got a glimpse at his face, once, twice, three times... As time passed I felt a pleasant feeling arise each time I watched his expression. It radiated with ease. I contemplated whether he was conscious of that and assumed he probably wasn't; His face looked too natural.
When I complimented him Markus' reaction proved me right, in fact he had had the opposite impression of himself (see above) which I had not expected at all.
We chatted for a moment. What a retreat: I got to look at his face and let it's serenity fill me with contentment.
Turned out it was not just his eyes that were open, but his personality, too: Usually I am the one asking the candidates questions and listening to their stories. Not for Markus. In the most interested way he asked about my studies, my background and why I started this project. I felt completely comfortable answering his questions as they came from the warm person he was. Before saying goodbye he invited me to check out the open air cinema he has been working at. I can't wait to do so! Actually, after chatting with him I thought: "This guy was so likable I would love to make friends with him!"
Markus: I hope I got your name right! I just realized it might be spelled with a c. Let me know if it is!