you dared, will you dare to spread your wings and fly?
favorite novel is Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.
It's a story about a seagull who wants to fly -- not to use flying as a
tool for survival nor for any other purpose -- but for the sheer joy of
flying itself. I have found this book to be an absolutely wonderful
metaphor for the happiest way to live my life. Jonathan encounters
adversaries, seagulls who want him to hold himself back, to do things as
they've always been done, the way things were "meant" to be done.
Everyone in his flock is against him, including his parents. But
Jonathan follows flying for flying's sake, he has the courage to follow
what's in his heart. And he learns so much about himself from truly
living; not just surviving but living!! He says himself, when
he realizes the power that this breakthrough of flying for the love of
flying has, "...we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence
and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!"
And moreover, after being outcast by everyone, after being banished, and
after discovering all the joys of flying and the freedom and happiness
it brings him, he goes back to share what he's learned with anyone else
who's willing. Even with those who cast him out to begin with.
And it takes a lot of courage to live in that
way, to follow your heart. When you put everything you hold dear
on the line just to follow your heart, your dreams, you risk so much for
something so uncertain. What if, on his first flight, Jonathan had
been going far too fast and died in a crash? And what if his body
was truly nothing more than his 42" wingspan? Scary possibilities.
But what if he tried, and what if he flew? Faster, higher, something
no one had ever done before, because he had the courage to try. Amazing
are the things we can do if we have the courage to try, to face the unknown...
and suddenly it becomes known! This book is not about the flight
of one seagull, but of our hearts, our very spirits and imaginations and
dreams. And I greatly recommend it to anyone who has, or wants to
have, the courage to follow their own.
Livingston Seagull is the first book by Richard Bach that I ever read.
I was seven the first time I read it, and said to myself, wow, wasn't that
a nice story about a bird who learned how to fly, and taught others how
to fly. I read it again, for a second time, when I was sixteen, and
saw something I clearly missed the first time. What I saw was the
potential inherent in not just one seagull, but in every living being,
and how fortunate are those of us who are brave enough to follow it.
What I've learned is that what I saw was not the potential to succeed,
to become famous, rich, powerful, or even glorious. What I was was
the potential to love -- to follow your love, to hold it in your heart,
to cherish it, and to let it flourish with you. And what I've discovered
only very recently is that the potential to love is there, inside all of
us; and when we choose to share that love with one another, it's the most
beautiful thing that we can do.
also highly recommend, by Richard Bach, his book The Bridge Across Forever,
which is a semi-autobiographical love story, and it's absolutely fantastic.
He has eight other books which are also really good, my favorites of which
are One, Illusions, Running From Safety, and There's No Such
Place as Far Away. His other books are A Gift of Wings, Nothing
by Chance, Biplane, and Stranger to the Ground. He's a
very spiritual person, he loves to fly, but perhaps most importantly, through
his stories he lets us in on how he discovers himself, and he helps us
to discover inner truths about ourselves.
We are not
limited by the pounds of flesh and bones and guts that we live our entire
lives in. We are not bound by these Earthly limits of our bodies.
Rather than creatures of this Earth I believe us to be spirits of thought
and feeling, limited only by our minds, hearts, and our courage to believe
in what they tell us.
are no limits.
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