Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“They are saying in the Flock that if you are not the Son of the Great Gull Himself”, Fletcher told Jonathan one morning after Advanced Speed Practice, “then you are a thousand years ahead of your time.”
Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood he thought. They call you devil or they call you god. “What do you think, Fletch? Are we ahead of our time?”
A long silence, “Well, this kind of flying has always been here to be learned by anyone who wanted to discover it; that’s got nothing to do with time. We’re ahead of the fashion, maybe. Ahead of the way that most gulls fly.”“That’s something,” Jonathan said, rolling to glide inverted for a while. “That’s not half as bad as being ahead of our time”.
Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

I Give Thanks

I give thanks for the love,
That is present in my life,
For all that is good,
For all that is pure,
For all that is joyful,
For all that nourishes my soul.

I give thanks for my family and friends,
Though many of them live far away,
They are in my thoughts always,
And all of them energise me and sustain me.

I give thanks for the joy I have in my work,
And the blessings of my work mates,
Who share and support me,
In my daily struggles and challenges.
I give thanks for the knowledge that each is unique,
And is doing the best they can in their own way.

I give thanks for each new person I meet,
 Along the branching paths and golden threads of my days,
For each soul is a fragment of the absolute perfection of creation,
And each one shines a light upon me and enlivens me.

And when I walk in nature.
I give thanks for the beauty of creation.
 I give thanks for the blessings of the earth,
For rugged coastlines and peaceful beaches,
For the high mountains I climb and for the ridges I walk,
And for the secrets revealed by the views I see in the valleys below.
I give thanks for the steadfastness of the rocks on the shore,
And for the waves on the sea that wash my worries away.

I give thanks for the light and warmth of the sun,
For the ever-changing shapes of clouds and mists,
For the curving, colourful beauty of rainbows.
And I give thanks for the grains of sand that slip through my fingers,
Revealing that everything is transient, that nothing exists forever,
Teaching me to cherish and enjoy every single moment.

I give thanks for the rain that falls,
For the flowers that bloom and the grass that grows,
For the pure water that quenches my thirst,
And for the wind that rustles the leaves of the bushes and trees.

I give thanks for the soil,
And the food that grows from it,
To sustain the temple that is my body.
I give thanks for the genes and proteins,
 Propagating and maintaining my cells and tissues.
I give thanks for DNA and for the codes of life,
That orchestrate this symphony, this dance,
And I give thanks for the eternal process of evolution,
For the magnificent beauty of all life forms throughout the universe.

I give thanks for the insights of science and for the technology,
That makes our lives easier from day to day.
I give thanks for the power of information and computation,
And the fundamental natural laws,
That are essential for creation and evolution of the universe,
And which hold everything in balance,
 So that everything relates to everything else in perfection,
And I give thanks for the the fundamental particles,
Causing everything to vibrate and to resonate with energy that I can feel.

And when I wander out into the night
I give thanks for the beauty of the moon, the stars and their planets,
For the spinning perfection of galaxies and nebulae,
And supernovae and black holes,
And I give thanks for the glory of this universe,
For the recognition that it is one of many universes,
And that I am blessed to live within it,
And that although I am but a tiny part of it,
I am essential for its continuing development.

And I give thanks for the moments of insight, bliss and joy,
For the glimpses of truth, knowledge and wisdom,
That fill me throughout the day.

And when I am in solitude,
I give thanks for the silence,
And for the stillness,
That speaks to me,
And cleanses the core of my being,
Showing me that I am never alone.

Thank you for never leaving me,
For guiding me day by day,
For keeping fear away,
For giving me patience, trust and faith
And love in my heart,
Always.

Amen.


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