A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand!

Elle Wesson (8 year old). 2015. Coloured pencil on paper. 5 x 7 inches. Accessed from: https://marionwessonstudio.shutterfly.com/949
Elle Wesson (8 year old). 2015. Coloured pencil on paper. 5 x 7 inches. Accessed from: https://marionwessonstudio.shutterfly.com/949

In response to today’s WP Daily Prompt: Second Time Around “Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?”

Many years ago (when I was a teen) I first read Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, available at Amazon. Over the years I have reread it dozens of times, every time there was something ‘else’ that had a deep impact on me.  The book is not merely about a bird, it was about a soul that had the courage to break free from the constraints of norms and expectation to experience its own greatness in this world and beyond. Here are a few of my favourite quotes from the book:

“Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand!” 

“We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.”

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip,” Jonathan would say, other times, “is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.”

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”

“Overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now.”

“Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you god.”

Quotes from Goodreads

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