Friday, February 11, 2011

The one thing you can count on is change

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
Flora Whittemore

Wow, I never thought that I would be a blogger, but I am reminded almost every day how important it is not to put limits on yourself.  Life has no limits.  No promises.  It does not owe us anything.
So though it was certainly not my choice, the recent death of a friend has opened up my eyes to see the opportunities that life has for me, if I'm brave enough to open the door and embrace change. 

I am very grateful that I stumbled apon a book titled Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. 
He talks of a seagull who was brilliant, and ambitious, and didn't want to squawk like the other seagulls, or fight over scraps of fish.  This seagull wanted to fly.  He tested his limits.  He was outcast, but continued to soar above all the other gulls.  One day, the seagulls of "light" come to take him home, to a wonderful place where he is taught by other inspiring seagulls new flying skills.  He learns everything that he needs to know to be the best aviator he can be.  In time however, he decides that he must go back to earth to share what he knows with other outcast seagulls.   Those birds learn everything they can from him until they too can fly higher than the others, and can share their talents with those around them.

I understand that it is my time to take the knowledge and soar, and if I can bring a few others along for the ride, well, that would be awesome too! 
It seems like such a simple venue, but running changes lives. Running changed my life, and I am so fortunate that my adventure continues. 
Stay tuned, it's going to be a fun ride. Change always comes bearing gifts.

4 comments:

  1. Welcome aboard on the blogging thing...like everything else you do...I am sure you will do excellent

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  2. I read JLS and the follow up "Illusions: Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" more than 30 years ago but still draw on the lessons I learned from Richard Bach to this day. Great inspiration.

    Phil Uecker

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  3. You kids are so young..When I was in high school it was the most popular book out at the time...

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  4. Love that book. The Alchemist has been high on my rotation as well. Funny how some of these short tomes are the most poignant and impactful.

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