The Courage to Be Extraordinary

Seagulls
One of my favorite stories is by Richard Bach. It is inspirational in being true to our heart’s desire and not quitting when the going gets rough. Here is a review of what you can expect about “soaring” beyond what you’ve been taught:

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is a great story about a seagull, Jonathan, who is determined to fly beyond the limits of what seagulls are taught. Seagulls are taught to exist with limited flight. Their main objective is to get food. For Jonathan he loved to fly so much that he often forgot to eat. He wanted to know what was possible in the air that hadn’t been tried before by him or other seagulls. Just because flying had always been done the same way over and over again was no reason not to learn other maneuvers in flight.

He practiced low level glides, high speed flying – “From a thousand feet, flapping his wings as hard as he could, he pushed over into a blazing steep dive toward the waves, and learned why seagulls don’t make blazing steep power-dives. In just six seconds he was moving seventy miles per hour, the speed at which one’s wing goes unstable on the upstroke.

“Time after time it happened. Careful as he was, working at the very peak of his ability, he lost control at high speed….Ten times he tried, and all ten times, as he passed through seventy miles per hour, he burst into a churning mass of feathers, out of control, crashing down into the water.” Then he learned how to hold his wings at this speed and felt elated, but it was short-lived as he went to higher levels, 2000, 4000 ft reaching higher speeds of ninety miles per hour. He crashed into a brick-hard sea. The weight of failure was heavy. He thought about ending it all.

What would you have done at a time like that? What did Jonathan do? Find out next time...



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