From ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ … Jonathan has been expelled from the Flock because if his adventurous flying and his recommendation of it to other gulls.
‘Jonathan Seagull spent the rest of his days alone, but he flew way out beyond the Far Cliffs. His one sorrow was not solitude, it was that other gulls refused to believe the glory of flight that awaited them; they refused to open their eyes and see.
He learned more each day. He learned that a streamlined high speed dive could bring him to find the rare and tasty fish that schooled ten feet below the surface of the ocean; he no longer needed fishing boats and stale bread – the offshore wind covering a hundred miles from sunset to sunrise. With the same inner control he flew through heavy sea fogs and climbed above them into dazzling clear skies … in the very times when every other gull stood on the ground, knowing nothing but mist and rain. He learned to ride the high winds far inland, to dine there on delicate insects.
What he had once hoped for the Flock, he now gained for himself alone; he learned to fly, and was not sorry for the price he had paid. Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with these gone from his thought, he lived a long, fine life indeed.’
From Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (U.S. b. 1936)
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I’ve just taken delivery of a pack of cards … aphorisms by Sri Chinmoy (1931 – 2007) entitled Heart-Wisdom-Drops. Here’s one: By seeing the past / I gain nothing./ By knowing the future / I gain something./ By living in the present/ I gain everything,