Thursday, October 19, 2017

overnight with a hippie (revised)

when i was a little kid growing up in bethesda, md.,
i dreamed big.  president of the united states, nobel
prizes and such.  big yachts, like the ones i saw
during my summer visits to the chesapeake bay.

but as it turned out, the architecture of my life was
small.  small moments, shared most often between
two people, serendipitously, in the streets of nyc.

in these moments, i try to bring everything i have;
knowledge, experience, skills or talents, or
other intangible human qualities i might possess;
anything the moment requires, trying to leave out,
of course, anything the moment doesn't.

i try to meet people wherever they are, truly.
and in these moments, many things happen; often
surprising, often unexpected, sometimes useful,
not always pleasant; but hopefully, always real,
always authentic.

this is what i aspire to.  i don't always get there,
but like macy gray, i try.

i knew from the outset that the traditional
practice of seeking money for one's "services"
in this sort of existence was going to be
thoroughly impractical, and, even worse,
downright counterproductive.

imagine a bumblebee negotiating the
terms of landing rights with every flower,
then haggling over the price of each
grain of pollen picked up, each grain
deposited, each drop of nectar sipped.

i thought that if i could live in the
world in a way which didn't require
money for my daily existence, this
dream life of mine would be possible.

i reached out to my community, to those
around me, asking only for a meal or two
every day, and shelter from the elements
at night.

that is the purpose of this missive,
dear reader.

if you, or anyone you know would like
to offer me shelter from the elements
for a night, either now, or sometime in
the future, i would be most appreciative.

i realize this is a very uncommon way
of living; an uncommon thing to ask for,
and a very uncommon thing to share
with another person.

and i want you to know that i feel your
love and support no matter what your
ability or desire is to accommodate or
not accommodate this specific request.

with kind regards and love always,
hippie lou :) xo

Love, peace, and acceptance always.

It was a pleasure meeting you my brother. Thanks for guitar music, ha. Super soothing.

I'm usually at the 230 meeting if you ever find yourself in the area.

Love your energy my brother. Love, peace, and acceptance always.

Email me whenever! I'm glad to hear from you. I'm here brother if you want to catch a meeting or just kick it.

Let's link up soon.

with great gratitude.

Dear friend,

Sometimes we forget, time goes by, things happen too fast, life gets too hectic... and we don´t give thanks to those we love.

I can´t emphasize what a privilege and blessing is to have you in my life.
It´s difficult to express and put into words how much I think about you and miss you.

To say THANK YOU it´s not enough to let you know that I appreciate all you have done and do for me, even now that I am far away geographically, but still so close in heart and mind.

I am not a preacher, hate to sound too holy and say things that might sound corny.
Nevertheless, yesterday I read a passage from the Bible and felt the need to share it with you.
I relate so much to the words, they are pretty much what my life has been thanks to you.

​"I ​know how to live in humble circumstances;
I know also how to live with abundance.
In every circumstance and in all things
I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,
of living in abundance and of being in need.
I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
​STILL, IT WAS KIND OF YOU TO SHARE IN MY DISTRESS."

And that is the reason why I am so grateful.​

Lots of love,

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Jayson Speters‏ @JaysonFrans  May 14

Maybe a guy calls you a magic bean, hands you his card, and offers you a job. Maybe that card says his name is Hippie Lou. Missed you NYC.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

what a collection of tiny, interconnected moments

dia, such a privilege meeting you, both yesterday and at the "decisive moment" of yore.

very sweet of you to take the time out and stop to speak to me and then later, to send me your beautiful work.

what a collection of tiny, interconnected moments, with the common thread being humans at their best, in the best sense of the word best!

i often forget the profound gift i am living, and you brought me back to it, ever so gently, ever so slowly, ever so beautifully.

#respect #humbled #grateful

with kind regards and love always, hippie lou

ok maybe we can talk about it someday soon

i am here to help you out, always remember that, ok?

i am less fragile these days, so i can handle some
of your stress, so don't be afraid to ask if you need
support, ok?
Yayy, you are getting your belongings back!! You are an example of tenacity and perseverance, David, and a goofball. Thats my story and i am sticking by it!