Have you read the book, Jonathon Livingston Seagull? Richard Bach wrote this parable story of a seagull who followed his dream while going against what was normal seagull behavior. Jonathon was ostracized by other seagulls because he wanted to make the most of the life he was given.
What happens when we take the road less traveled? We may be labeled different. Everyone wants to be in the fray; it’s comfortable to be normal, we appreciate the ability to relate to others, to know and understand the rules, playing it safe because often those who take the road less traveled are ostracized. No one likes to be the odd one out, so we try to be a part of the herd.
New Year’s Day is often about dropping back from the group thinking, evaluating what makes us different, focusing on self and reevaluating what may be needed to make the most of the life we have been given.
In Jonathon Livingston Seagull, the story of the extraordinary flight of an unusual seagull encourages us to follow our dreams and achieve our goals. As we do, we too will soar.
The parable gives us permission to step into our greatness. Happy New Year!
“Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to live! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can learn to be free! We can learn to fly!”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull