Granola Bear

Ahhh the mind of a hippie. Seems radical, irrational, and overall impractical. But the truth is, it’s only all of those things because the world around us has built such high and strong walls between us in so many different forms- money, status, career success, education level, and even something as ridiculous as physical appearance- that we can’t imagine it possibly being anything more harmonious. But none of that, not one of those walls, has any place in being relevant to how we interact as people, as human beings. We are meant to live this life together, as a family. It sounds crazy when it’s said like that, I get it, I get it. But think about it. Just take a moment and truly think about this… we all want the same thing right? We just want to be happy and to have love in our lives. So…
Be happy. (It is a choice you know.)
Be genuinely happy. Always, and for everyone.
Be supportive, positive, and kind. That will make you happy, I promise.
We can encourage one another toward doing and being our best rather than bringing each other down. Bringing others down will not help you in any way and in fact, will hurt you. The best leaders of our time were supporters of those around them, not haters.

And here it is (you knew this would come)… love. Just love. Unconditionally and without fear.
Do not fear your heart being broken, because it will be, not matter how you approach it. But you simply cannot receive the amazing love that you deserve if you are so closed off or continue distracting yourself from it. Nothing great can come into a closed heart.
And no, you cannot expect anything in return. Giving with the intention to receive or holding expectations is only one-sided and ingenuine (that’s not a word, I know, but it should be, so… :) ) and even more, that is not love. All you can do is give out all that you have (wait for itttt), but in doing so you will be open to receiving what you want and need in the right way at the right time, and it will happen (see? Light at the end of the tunnel).
That means:

  • Love your family more than you ever have before because that is your family and you need to give all that you have regardless of what you get back. Plain and simple.
  • And love your friends the same way… If you care for someone, care for them. Be the friend that you would want someone to be to you. Not everyone will be able or willing to return that back to you in the way that you may want it, but the more that you give out that genuine affection, the more the people you care about will be drawn to and appreciate it. And you will get it back in abundance.
  • While you’re at it, love everyone- strangers, acquaintances, and even “enemies”. Because there are no enemies.
    Everyone has their own life journey and with it comes their own struggles. You never know what a person has had to struggle with to create the hard shell that they hold tightly over them in an attempt to stay sheltered from further blows, or what they’ve endured to cause whatever other difficulties they face in going about life more peacefully. Ultimately, we all want to be happy and to be loved. But to receive it, it has to be given. And it isn’t our place to judge who should and should not receive it, it is simply our place to do our best to give it because truthfully, everyone deserves it. And you never know the difference that you can make in being the one to give it to someone who is seemingly “undeserving”.

Really though, a “hippie” is nothing more than someone with a good heart who wants good for everyone… who may or may not have an affinity for feathered earring and organic clothing… wait, whaaaaat?
The bottom line of it all is that as crazy and weird and ridiculously unattainable as it might seem, we really can live in a more peaceful world among happier smiling faces. There are lots of steps to be taken and strides to be made before it’s ever the perfect coexistence that we’d all LOVE it to be (see what I did there? Hehe), but the best and easiest part is the step that we can all take right here and now to start it off and make our days in this life a little lighter and a little brighter. Ready for it? Because I don’t think I’ve mentioned it enough times yet…

Just. Love.
Be a light.
Show everyone how to love happily and freely and how truly wonderful it is to live that way. Trust me! You’ll be happier for it… yuh hippie. ;)

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