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, March 29, 2015

Ask Yourself

Ask yourself, 
Are you on the path you want to be on?

Slow down, sit still, listen attentively,
Pay attention to what the world has to say.
Hear with your heart. 
Feel the wisdom that yearns to find expression through you and within you.

Take care of each precious moment.

But how long or short is a moment?

Each moment contains the 'past' and the 'future' - both are present within it,
Each moment has moment-um! 
Each moment is in motion, 
Each moment contains the energy of emotion to propel it along.
Each moment is a present - a gift to cherish 
The present is full of possibilities - infinite gifts.
Within the space where freedom is - the freedom to choose,
Without restriction, without friction. 

There is an ease, a flow
A way of Doing through Being present to what is now.

This is the essence of love - the interconnected web of all things,
Which is a Life,
Which is a Universe.
For each life is contained fully in each moment.

In some respects, a life is only a moment....
But, what a moment!
Each life is a Universe.
And what a Universe!
For each life, like each moment allows something new to appear in the world,
Something unique.

A life, like a Universe, is a moment,
A movement,
A creative exploration of possibilities...
But, which one to choose?

The balance between action and acceptance,
The paradox of making changes,
While accepting the way things are.

The art of learning to truly live,
To truly love, to truly create.