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the crazy onesPart of being on the spiritual journey can be the feeling or feedback that “you’re crazy.” Friends’, family, and coworkers watching at you and the changes you are making in yourself and your life can cause discomfort, sometime real pain, as they watch you grow and expand and evolve (more on this in a future post). Sometimes they cannot put their fingers on it. Sometimes they are very direct in the comments and criticism. This can hurt, especially when you are attempting to be open and vulnerability as part of that journey. I know I have certainly had this through parts of my journey. We all have.

Today I stumbled on the “Think Different” video Apple did years ago. I have this on my iPad and laptop and watch it all the time. I still feel the energy of it each time and I love watching it. I have provided a link the video and full text below.

It strikes me that to start on the spiritual journey you do need to a little “crazy.”

Crazy to believe that you can more.
Crazy to want to connect to something bigger.
Crazy to want to love more deeply.
Crazy to want to embrace the universe.
Crazy two want to change your small part of the world.
Crazy to want to change the whole world.
Crazy to want to change a small part of yourself.
Crazy to want to change all of yourself.

And I realize, that kind of “crazy,” I want more of it. I want to be surrounded by like minded souls who are just as crazy or even crazier. I want to me people who can help me step into more craziness.

So here is to the crazy ones …

The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Here are the people in the movie

Albert Einstein, smoking a pipe
Bob Dylan, moving to his harmonica
Martin Luther King, at the end of his Washington speech
Richard Branson, shaking champagne
John Lennon and Yoko Ono singing
Buckminster Fuller demonstrating the Bucky Ball
Thomas Edison thinking
Mohammed Ali dancing for the press
Ted Turner boxing the air with a smile
Maria Callas blowing a kiss
Mahatma Gandhi smiling
Amelia Earhart arriving
Alfred Hitchcock speaking
Martha Graham dancing
Jim Henson puppeteering
Frank Lloyd Wright walking by his home
Picasso painting
A child dreaming