The Flight Of The Seagull
Many years ago I was introduced to a book that changed my life. It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. I was ready and the teachers were the insights gleaned from “Jonathon Livingston Seagull” written by Richard Bach. Reading the book, written in 1970, began my personal journey towards discovering my full potential and understanding the secrets of the Universe.
I’m not exactly sure when I read it (sometime in the mid 80’s) however it was a game changer for me. The wisdom within allowed me to take flight. Recently, I found several quotes that moved me when I first read it. Now several decades later, it is as relevant today as it was then. If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend the book. Following are several profound words of wisdom that may touch you as they did me.
“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true
“Consciousness is not limited by time and space.”
“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it is already there.”
“Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.”
“You’re always free to change your mind and choose a different future or a different past.”
“Your friends will know you better in the first minute than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.”
“No such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.”
“Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you.”
"There are no mistakes: Events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn, whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go.”
“Learning: It’s not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we’ve changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.”
The developer of Chiropractic, B.J. Palmer, summarized it best when he said, “You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” I trust that Richard’s words of wisdom will impact someone reading this as powerfully as they did me not so long ago. Reading them again feels like I'm reading it for the very first time. Live into your greatness as our world needs what only you can bless us all with.