J – Jonathan Livingston Seagull #AtoZChallenge

J – Jonathan Livingston Seagull #AtoZChallenge

“We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free. We can learn to fly!” – Richard Bach

Stories of rising above the ordinary have always impressed me. Getting out of our comfort zones to push our limits can be such an exhilarating feeling. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is one such book, which inspires to look beyond the limits of our mind.

The gull sees farthest who flies highest

This is a story of an extraordinary seagull that finds it hard to be a part of the complacent flock. For most gulls, it is not the flying that matters as they learn to fly only to get food. But Jonathan loves to fly. He constantly looks to scale new heights with a strong desire to soar high. Defying those who criticise him, he hopes for his flock to discover what he has learnt too. He shares his joys with others. He is thrilled to find a new meaning to life, his higher purpose.

What this fable had taught me when I was a teenager:

  • The higher we set our goals, the higher we grow
  • Our dreams are ours to dream and not to please others
  • Believe in yourself and your abilities
  • Aim for excellence and perfection in all you do
  • Follow your heart’s deepest desires
  • The joy of freedom is unparalleled

 

Don’t believe what your eyes tell you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, Find out what you already know and you’ll see the way to fly.

 

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This post is part of the #AtoZChallenge 2017 Blogging from A to Z: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

I write about my spiritual and personal growth influences from A to Z.

My previous posts in chronology:

A: A New Earth 

B: Brahma Kumaris

C: Chicken Soup for the Soul

D: Dialogue with Death 

E: Eat Pray Love 

F: Finding a purpose in life

G: GANDHI

H: Healing with Chakras

I: I Believe in Angels

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8 thoughts on “J – Jonathan Livingston Seagull #AtoZChallenge

  1. I read Jonathan Livingstone when I was a teenager too, which I think is the right age to read it. It’s a beautiful story of coming of age and I remember it with fondness. I should reread it someday.

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

    1. I read it again just a few years ago. Its amazing how the message can be again relevant with respect to your life stage.

  2. Do you know that HE is one of my favourite authors? I love everything he’s written and Jonathan is a book I used to recommend to my MBA students each time I met them. We have so much in common, Vaishali! I am glad I got to know you through this challenge 🙂

    1. Jonathan is the only book I have read of Richard Bach so far. Do you teach at a MBA school? How lovely to know we have much in common. I have always admired you and your writing. I am truly glad too we have interacted through this challenge and look forward to staying connected.

      1. You should read Illusions next. And the One, also. I used to teach English to MBA aspirants and later at an MBA Institute. Teaching was my first love. Blogging is my second. 🙂

        1. Thank you for the recommendations, have noted them. I hope some day, in some way, you can go back to your first love of teaching. 🙂

    1. Jonathan is the only book I have read of Richard Bach. I feel the significance of ‘believing in myself’ is a lot more today than when I was younger. Thanks for dropping in and look forward to staying connected.

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