The Price of Flying Higher

I ran across an article about Richard Bach, the author of the 1970’s bestseller, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, who was seriously injured when his small plane clipped power lines earlier this month. He seems to be recovering well &, at 76, is apparently still soaring like “the gull”.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is the story of a bird with the dream & the drive to become an extraordinary flyer. The price of his endeavors is banishment from his clan.

It often happens that when we reach for our dreams, seek to create new adventures for ourselves & step further into our life purpose, we face the misunderstanding of others. We are actually shifting energy & those around us can feel it. It can be experienced as excitement, but our loved ones & co-workers can also become uncomfortable as they sense the shifting of their own roles in our lives. They may become angry, needy, or may even “banish” us, as JL Seagull experienced.

“He spoke of very simple things- that it is right for a gull to fly, that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form. 

 “Set aside,” came a voice from the multitude, “even if it be the Law of the Flock?”

“The only true law is that which leads to freedom,” Jonathan said. “There is no other.”
 ~ Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

When you dare to live in the freedom of your truest self, you will face obstacles. Let those obstacles be a sign that you are on the right path. Rise to the occasion. Go over, under, around or through. Understand the discomfort of others. You can’t change that, but you can choose to respond by loving at your highest level. You are here to create.

“He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all.”    ~ Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Have you dreamed of soaring beyond your limitations? What price have you paid for doing so?

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One Response to The Price of Flying Higher

  1. Cathy September 19, 2012 at #

    Kim,
    I soooo needed to hear this at this time. No surprise to me or you! I take two things of comfort from this. One-Those I love feel the shift and can become uncomfortable with it. Two-I can’t change how others react BUT I can love them through it, and should.
    Thank you!