Here's my philosophy in a nut shell: We have the power to be part of God, to strengthen good forces, to love more and be more loved, and we choose not to use it for fear of being labeled as different or stupid or just plain wrong. Mankind has been messing with and trying to define God and faith for so long that we've totally lost touch with the reality of spiritual power and given religion a bad name.
All you need is love. The key is love. What the world needs now is love. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love conquers all. We've heard it so many ways we don't hear it anymore!
We're a crowded society, and that makes it harder. We don't know our neighbors anymore. We don't help out the stranger because we don't trust that he's genuine or we don't agree with his politics. We're terrified of being embarrassed or wrong or foolish. We don't feel safe. Well, guess what? Nobody's ever safe. Nobody's really genuine. Embarrassment and errors are human nature, and we get used to feeling them over time so they don't sting so much. And nobody's politics are right -- not yours, not theirs, not mine.
We can grow strong if we start at the heart. If we each decide that caring matters to us individually. We start by looking people in the eye as we walk down the street or through the market. We decide to smile. No, life's not perfect and I'm not blessed all the time, but I choose to smile, because smiling will make a difference. There are next steps, random acts of kindness, charitable giving, so much we can do, eventually. But if we just take that one step -- deciding that we care about our fellow man enough to look him in the eye and smile, no matter what he looks like, we can change the world.
We chose a heart for the Benefit Brownies logo. We figure it ties everything together. You give brownies to loved ones to comfort them, boost them up, encourage or celebrate them. Chocolate makes everybody feel better! And by doing this with our brownies, you're helping us get wholesome food to the folks who need it, who happen to be all around us. When we open our eyes, smile, and share food, God is there.