Channeling My Inner Hippie

Do you ever get that nagging voice somewhere from deep within that says, “there is more that you are meant to do in this world?”  The older I get, the louder these voices seem to be.  I call it my “inner hippie” speaking.  Sometimes I listen, sometimes life seems to get in the way.  But it is always there for me.  I know that this is not necessarily how most would define “hippie,” but it is what it means for me.

In the early part of the 2000’s, I lived in the suburbs of Houston, Texas (a US-politically conservative stronghold) for about 3-1/2 years of my life.  I still stay in contact with many of my friends there, and I have lasting good memories of our days of raising younger children together on those cul-de-sacs.

There was one particular friend and neighbor with whom I would often engage in deep conversations about spirituality, purpose and life in general.  As background, she has many deeply held and engrained religious and politically-based beliefs, which I respect.  And, often, there was a lot that we agreed upon and believed in, but simply came at from a different perspective.  It is in these times when she would jokingly remark, “Oh…this is the granola crunchy side of you, isn’t it?”

Despite this, I still always took pride in my “inner hippieness,” and smiled when my friend would make that comment.  When we moved to San Francisco – the so-called center of Hippiedom, I had the sense that I had finally come home.  This came as no surprise to those who know me best.

Funny thing is, I never really showed this side of my personality in my 20+ years of business dealings.  In my mind, at the time, the business I was involved with would not tolerate discussions that started with “but what are we doing to make this world a better place?” There might even have been some judgment and criticism.  Possibly, there would be a defense put forward on how job creation and improving manufacturing productivity is what contributes to a better world.  And, I do believe in many of those things as well…under certain circumstances, but it is not something that I connect with to my core.

I’m finally accepting the fact that this is ok.  Even more than that, I can be proud to approach things from a unique perspective.  And, that’s why I’m now involving myself in businesses that BEGIN with:  “How can we make this world a better place?”  – THEN leads to:  “And, how do we make this effort into a sustainable business?”   Now, that is where I feel more connected and motivated.

And although I don’t think I’ll be sporting a tie-dyed shirt or John Lennon glasses anytime soon, I know that the inner hippie in me will continue to guide my efforts in helping to make my new business endeavors successful.

Peace out.  ✌

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